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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Johanna Konta faces meeting of minds with Viktoria Kuzmova in French Open

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Johanna Konta faces meeting of minds with Viktoria Kuzmova in French Open

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If Johanna Konta is to continue her new-found love affair with the clay of Roland Garros, she will have to outsmart an opponent who is studying for a degree in international relations and diplomacy, and reads Hamlet in her spare time – in Slovakian.

“I’ve always loved law and philosophy,” says Viktoria Kuzmova, who moved into the third round of the French Open when the fourth seed Kiki Bertens quit through illness while trailing 1-3 in their match on Wednesday. Konta, who had to battle past the stubborn American Lauren Davis in three sets, has vague memories of hitting last year with Kuzmova, who is ranked 46 in the world, but will get to know her a lot better on Friday.

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Thu, 30 May 2019 18:40:46 GMT

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