• British No1 defeated 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 by 36-year-old American
• Victory is Williams’ second in five meetings with Konta
Johanna Konta’s clay education continues and, on a scorching Roman Thursday, she absorbed some useful lessons from seven-slam veteran Venus Williams, who beat her for only the second time in five meetings to advance to the fourth round of the Italian Open.
Williams took just under two hours to win 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Losing to the elder sibling was no disgrace, but Konta will be disappointed she could not hold her consistency in key moments. She next heads to Paris to prepare for for the French Open, followed by Nottingham, Birminham and Eastbourne before Wimbledon.