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WTA Elite Trophy: Konta defeats Stosur, Kvitova hammers Vinci

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British player Johanna Konta defeated Samantha Stosur in her first match of the WTA Elite Trophy tennis tournament in Zhuhai, China on Wednesday.

World No.10 Konta, who is seeded first in the women's tournament, defeated the Australian 6-4, 6-2. The tournament is designed for those 11 players who missed out on qualifying for the WTA Finals in Singapore played last week and won by Slovak player Dominika Cibulkova.


Konta shared after her win, "Against a player like Sam, who plays such a big ball and has such a big game, I really had to do my best to stay there for every single point and take my chances whenever they came."

In another match, Swiss Timea Bacsinszky defeated Hungarian Timea Babos 6-4, 6-2. Bacsinszky has never been beaten by her namesake and good friend in their three career meetings thus far.

Meanwhile, third seed Petra Kvitova crushed Italian Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-2. The fifth-seeded Italian had suffered another loss against Czech Barbora Strycova on Tuesday and failed to reach the tournament semi-finals, having advanced to that round last year.

Kvitova will play against her compatriot Strycova to advance to the penultimate round.

The tournament includes the invited Chinese Zhang Shuai, plus the players ranked from the ninth to 19th position.