Italian Open: Johanna Konta beats Hsieh Su-wei to set up meeting with Jelena Ostapenko

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Italian Open: Johanna Konta beats Hsieh Su-wei to set up meeting with Jelena Ostapenko
British number one Konta is ranked 22nd in the world

Johanna Konta will face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the third round of the Italian Open after beating Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei in straight sets.

The British number one needed 65 minutes to post an assertive 6-0 6-4 victory in the second round in Rome.

Konta followed up her first-round win over Magdalena Rybarikova having lost to Taiwanese player Hsieh in the first round of the French Open last year.

Earlier, top seed Simona Halep beat Naomi Osaka in straight sets.

The world number one from Romania needed less than an hour to beat her Japanese opponent 6-1 6-0 to reach the third round.

Halep, 26, was beaten by Elina Svitolina in last year’s final and needs to reach the quarter-finals this week to retain her number one ranking.

She will play either Croatian Donna Vekic or American Madison Keys for a place in the last eight.

Simona Halep losy in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open last week to Karolina Pliskova

Halep needed to save four break points in her opening service game, but then reeled off 12 consecutive games to avenge her Indian Wells loss to eventual champion Osaka in March.

Osaka, 20, failed to convert any of her six break-point opportunities, hitting 29 unforced errors to Halep’s 14.

France’s Caroline Garcia also eased into the third round with a 6-3 6-4 win over Hungary’s Timea Babos having reached the semi-finals in Madrid last week.

The seventh seed will next play either American Sloane Stephens or Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.

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