Injury ended Jo Konta’s 2019 season after the US Open but the British number one is winless in 6 months as she heads to Monterrey to take on a returning Kim Clijsters!

Four words.

Not an ideal draw.

British number one who is the second seed in Monterrey next week could have hoped for a better start as she tries to kick off her season.

Knee injury forced her 2019 season to be cut short following her quarter final defeat to Elina Svitolina at the US Open. Elina is the top seed this week and like Jo really needs the wins.

Kim made her tennis return just over a week ago earlier than expected with a performance from 2-6 1-3 down which was fantastic from the Belgian.

Jo needs to have a good week, no singles wins in six months is tough but the injury did play a part in her missing the Asian swing and final few European events which could go in her favour later on in the year.

This is a big week for Jo to begin to build some momentum. She has found her ranking drop from 11 to a current 16 on Monday and she has in-form players on her toes. Right behind her is Elena Rybakina and Maria Sakkari operating at career high rankings and I see them climbing higher soon.

Thankfully she only has a combined of 100 points to defend at Indian Wells and Miami so it is an opportunity to hopefully put some wins together, Jo of course won Miami a few years back.

My concern right now from a fans perspective is finding some form before the clay season. Jo had a wildly amazing clay court season last year and of course made the finals in Rome and semi-finals at Roland Garros with 1610 points to defend across four clay court events.

Back to where we are now though, Konta has a big ask on her hands. Kim has played one competitive match in over seven years but she showed her winning mentality and determination against Muguruza in Dubai just over a week ago.

Kim will be wanting to get some wins, she isn’t playing for the sake of it and it will be a fascinating match, the pressure is on the Brit to deliver and she couldn’t have asked for a more awkward start.

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