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Italian Open: Konta beats Stephens but faces Venus Williams in second match of day

  • Konta beats Stephens 6-7, 6-4, 6-1
  • Osaka beats Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3

Johanna Konta came back from a set down to beat Sloane Stephens for arguably the best win of her career in the second round at the Italian Open. However, she must return to the court later on Thursday to face Venus Williams.

After her match was delayed after a washout on Wednesday, the British No 1 took to the court and, despite opening a 4-0 lead, lost the first set 7-6 after a tiebreak in which she made too many errors at crucial times.

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