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Birthday-girl Konta battles into Rome semi-finals

Birthday-girl Konta battles into Rome semi-finals

17/05/2019 at 20:41Updated 17/05/2019 at 22:05

Johanna Konta secured a hard-fought three-set victory over 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova to reach the Italian Open semi-finals.

The Briton, who turned 28 on Friday, followed up on a Thursday double-header, where she beat Sloane Stephens and then Venus Williams, by overcoming Vondrousova 6-3 3-6 6-1.

Konta broke Vondrousova twice in the opening set, but the Czech bounced back with two breaks of her own to level up at one-set all.

But it was Konta who blitzed the decider, breaking three times to set up a last-four meeting with Kiki Bertens, the benefactor of Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal before their quarter-final.

The other semi-final will see Karolina Pliskova take on Maria Sakkari.

Pliskova recovered from a set down to beat Victoria Azarenka 6-7(5) 6-2 6-2 earlier on Friday, while Sakkari bounced back to beat Kristina Mladenovic 5-7 6-3 6-0.