Aegon International: Johanna Konta says crowd helped her win

By Rob StevensBBC Sport at Aegon International, Eastbourne
Johanna Konta is proud to reach the Aegon International third round
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British number two Johanna Konta says the home crowd played a major part in her reaching the third round of the Aegon International at Eastbourne.

The 24-year-old, who lives in the town, beat world number eight Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets.

"I'm proud of the level I was able to produce today," Konta told BBC Sport.

"The energy of the stadium was amazing. I really felt them pulling and rooting for me and I was really appreciative of that."

Victory over Makarova, the winner at Devonshire Park in 2010 and the fourth seed, was the first against a top-10 players of Konta's career.

The Australia-born world number 146 was pleased with the manner of her 6-2 6-4 success.

"She (Makarova) played well and I'm happy I was able to take the chances I created for myself," she continued.

"On paper it looks great but, in terms of the win, it's the same as the one I had on Sunday and I'm just happy I'm still in the tournament and I've given myself another opportunity to go out there and compete."

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Konta said being able to stay at home during the tournament was a boost, compared to travelling on the WTA tour.

"It's always a treat to be at home and play a tournament in the same week," she said.

"I get to stay in my own bed and see my parents and be a bit of a hermit outside tennis. I get to stay in my own little space and I enjoy that."

Konta will face Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, the world number 20, in the third round on Wednesday.

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