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Mixed fortunes for Konta and Boulter

After the boost of reaching her first clay court final in Morocco, where she led by a set and a break before eventually losing, Johanna Konta was then knocked out of the Madrid Open in round 2 by world number three Simone Halep. However, she is now in the midst of a brilliant run at the Rome Open, having seen off both world number eight Sloane Stephens and then Venus Williams in a single day to reach the quarter-finals. With the French Open less than a fortnight away, she is clearly showing encouraging signs on a surface previously problematic to her. However, Katie Boulter, the British number two and Fed Cup heroine, will have to miss the remainder of the clay court season, including Roland Garros, and put her meteoric rise on hold for now whilst she recovers from a troublesome back injury, but will hopefully be back in time for Wimbledon.