Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Economy | By Guillermo Lane

Konta marches into last four in Nottingham

Konta marches into last four in Nottingham

World No8 Johanna Konta has reached her first WTA final on grass after beating Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 7-5 at the Aegon Open Nottingham.

Elsewhere, Maria Sakkari of Greece overcame a slow start to beat American Christina McHale 1-6 7-6 7-5 who had upset second-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in the first round.

She will face either Croat Donna Vekic or Czech Lucie Safarova on Sunday.

Her preparations continue today with a semi-final match against Magdalena Rybarikova, the world No117 from Slovakia.

It was the first time Barty had played Konta, who moved closer to a first WTA title on home soil.

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All five of Konta's finals have come in under 12 months.

"I am enjoying playing each match, I am getting much surer of my footing on the grass", she told Press Association Sport. In only their second week together as a pairing, Robson and Rae will meet either Konta and Belgian partner Yanina Wickmayer or Australian duo Monique Adamczak and Storm Sanders, who play later on Saturday (not before 4:30pm).

In hot conditions, Konta pushed her opponent deep behind the baseline as she broke in the fourth game of the opening set.

The first yielded the Stanford title last summer, and she went on to reach the final of the prestigious Beijing Premier Mandatory last autumn.

While Konta has gone on to become one of the world's top players - she is now ranked No.8 - Senoglu has been retired for some time having had limited success in doubles at all four Grand Slams and also took part in a unique "hit" with Venus Williams on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, the first tennis match ever to be played across two continents.

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