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Konta secures last-four spot in Rome

17th May 2019, 18:20 by Gareth Freeman

Johanna Konta is through to the Italian Open semi-finals after a 6-3 3-6 6-1 win over Marketa Vondrousova.

The British number one will take on sixth seed Kiki Bertens in the last four after the Dutch star progressed thanks to a walkover as Naomi Osaka was forced to withdraw.

Konta broke Vondrousova's serve in the third game of the first set and then held to open up a 3-1 lead, before forcing another break of serve late on to take the opener 6-3 in 41 minutes.

The Czech hopeful battled back, however, breaking Konta's serve twice in the second set to level matters.

Konta upped her level in the decider as she won six games in a row to wrap up the victory in one hour and 55 minutes.

The 28-year-old reached a first-ever clay court final at the Morocco Open earlier this season but went down in three sets to Greece's Maria Sakkari and will now be hoping to go one better and take the title in Rome.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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