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British No 1 Johanna Konta joined Heather Watson in the second round of the Hong Kong Open with victory over compatriot Naomi Broady. Konta reached the final of the China Open last week, where she was beaten by Polands Agnieszka Radwanska, and as a result became the first British woman to break into the top 10 of the world ranking in 32 years. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. The 25-year-old - who is also now on course to reach the WTA Finals in Singapore later this month - had too much for Broady, making the most of early breaks in each set to complete a 6-2 6-2 win in one hour and 19 minutes; she will face Wang Qiang of China in the third round. Regarding her prospects of making the end-of-season showdown in Singapore, Konta said: I am trying not to think about it, to be honest.I have really got to keep myself present, especially since there are so many variables with that. It really depends on how other players do as well. Heather Watson was also on song in Hong Kong On Wednesday, Broady and Watson are set to team up in the doubles, where the British pair will take on Ya-Hsuan Lee of Chinese Taipei and Japans Kotomi Takahata.Earlier on Tuesday, Watson, the British No 2, had defeated qualifier Marina Erakovic from New Zealand 7-5 7-6 in just over two hours.Next up for Watson is Caroline Wozniacki, the fifth seed and former world number one.The Dane made her way into the last 16 with a routine 6-1 6-4 success over Chinas Saisai Zheng.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the British Masters on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Also See: Del Potro falls in Shanghai Race is on for world No 1 Latest Hong Kong results Kontas remarkable rise Chris Ivory Bills Jersey. The 26-year-old slider from Calgary posted a time of 50.464 seconds, 0.573 seconds back of leader Natalie Geisenberger. 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Flipkens converted all four of her break points against Meusburger, and the third-seeded Errani broke Karin Knapps serve five times to win their all-Italian match 6-4, 6-3.Steven Stamkos injury was not enough to prevent him from being named to the squad as Canada general manager Steve Yzerman is fully aware of what the 23-year-old can do when healthy. Fielding questions after the announcement, Yzerman noted that the brain trust had to take a chance on Stamkos being healthy, since they would be unable to add him to the roster later on. "If hes healthy hes one of the 25 best players, obviously, in Canada," Yzerman said after the roster announcement. "His rehab and recovery are going very well," Yzerman said. "The doctors are pleased with what they see on X-ray and I think every day people see the updates of him skating and whatnot. Hes pushing himself extremely hard." Stamkos is still skating on his own as he recovers from a broken leg. The native of Markham, Ontario has been out of action since crashing into a goal post in Nov. 11. Still, Yzerman stressed that his team is willing to be patient with Stamkos. "Well see how this X-ray goes. Hell continue to work and well wait and well make that decision when we get closer to the Olympics." The announcement was not as kind to Stamkos linemate Martin St. Louis. The 38-year-old has managed 38 points this season despite playing the majority of it without Stamkos. Still, the Canadian brain trust made the decision to leave the veteran off the roster, despite Yzerman having a long look at St. Louis as Tampa Bay Lightning general manager. "I guess we thought with Steve Yzerman being thee executive director of Team Canada and the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning and with Marty St.dddddddddddd Louis playing as well as he did, especially after Steven Stamkos went down with injury that he would be there," TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie said. "But we also sensed all along that the coaching staff might not have been as big on Marty St. Louis as the management team or as Steve Yzerman might have been." St. Louis meanwhile, voiced his disappointment after Tampa Bays 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday. "For Team Canada, you guys can imagine how I feel, obviously, Im extremely disappointed and Ill just leave it at that," he said, refusing to speak more about the issue. In the end, it put Yzerman in a difficult professional position. "Youve got to hand it to Steve Yzerman," McKenzie said. "Thats a personally – and even professionally, with the impact that this could have with the Tampa Bay Lightning – a huge blow to St. Louis and his psyche right now." Lightning head coach Jon Cooper says that despite being a veteran, being cut is still hard on a player like St. Louis. "Hes a human, so I dont care if hes one year in the league or 20 years in the league, Im sure hes extremely disappointed, as we all are," said Cooper. 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