French cruise for Konta

Congleton Guardian: Johanna Konta is two matches away from qualifying for the French Open Johanna Konta is two matches away from qualifying for the French Open

British number three Johanna Konta reached the second round of qualifying at the French Open with a comfortable win over American teenager Sachia Vickery in Paris.

The pair were held up by rain but, when they did take to the court at Roland Garros, fourth seed Konta was in dominant form against her 19-year-old opponent, winning 6-2 6-3.

Konta, 23, is at a career-high ranking of 102 and needs to win two more matches to reach the main draw for the first time at the French Open.

She qualified for the US Open in 2012, and made her debut in Paris last year but fell in the second round of qualifying.

Heather Watson, who reclaimed the British number two spot from Konta and climbed back into the top 100 on Monday after winning a title in Prague, is due to play her first qualifying match later on Wednesday against Irina Falconi.

James Ward had been scheduled to play his second-round match against another American, Ryan Harrison, but because of the rain delay that will now take place on Thursday.

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