Johanna Konta exits from Sydney and Heather Watson lost in Hobart

It’s now 2nd time in 2 days that Johanna Konta, who is British no.1, retired from the Sydney International.

Johanna Konta, 27, was expected to play Kiki Bertens as a fortunate loser in the 1st round on Monday, having withdrawn from her second-round qualifying match with an injury on neck on Sunday.

He hasn’t given a single reason yet for his last withdrawal, which happens a week before the Australian Open.

Meanwhile, Heather Watson was defeated in the 1st round of Hobart International.

Irina-Camelia Begu.of Romania beat British no.2 Watson 6-1 6-4.

The events in Hobart and Sydney are the last WTA tournaments before the Australian Open, year’s 1st Grand Slam starts on 14th of Jan.

World no. 37 Konta, reached the semi-finals in 2016’s Australian Open and quarter final in 2017’s Australian Open, even though she withdrew in the second-round of the last year’s tournament.

She replaced the coaches – Michael Joyce was replaced by Dimitri Zavialoff, in October and has shared that she is feeling confident about her opportunities in 2019 following a “very strong pre-season”.

Konta is the leader of the 5-woman squad listed to play in Great Britain’s Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 fought at the University of Bath.

In what will be the first run through playing on home soil for GB’s ladies in over a fourth of a century, group chief Anne Keothavong has turned out all firearms blasting with her choice.

Joining Konta is Fed Cup pillar Watson, with Katie Boulter, Katie Swan and debutant Harriet Dart finishing the quintet, as the two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist gets ready for what will be a memorable occasion one month from now.

“I’ve always loved playing as part of the GB Fed Cup Team and it’s great to be selected for the return of the Fed Cup to the UK for the first time in more than a quarter of a century,” said Konta.

“It’s going to be an incredible event and we can’t wait to experience the home support as we take on some of the best players in the world.”

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