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Italian Open final for Konta

18th May 2019, 17:04 by Aidan Perkins

British number one Johanna Konta overcame Kiki Bertens in three sets to make the final of the Italian Open in Rome.

Konta battled past Dutch star Bertens 5-7 7-5 6-2 and will face either Czech Karolina Pliskova or Maria Sakkari of Greece in the Italian capital on Sunday.

Konta responded after a disastrous start when she lost the first three games in the opening set and, after she settled into the contest, always looked the more likely to go through.

The 28-year-old eventually progressed in two hours and 47 minutes and underlined her growing record on clay, seeing off Bertens, who had won the Madrid title last week.

The Briton will now aim for her first WTA Tour title of the year and in the process also make up for her final defeat in the Morocco Open a fortnight ago.

Konta has also now secured a seeding at the French Open for this summer, her first seeding in a Grand Slam since last year's Wimbledon.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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