Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Home favourite Johanna Konta eases into Nottingham final

Home favourite Johanna Konta eases into Nottingham final

Local favorite and No. 1 seed Johanna Konta booked a spot in the semifinals of the Aegon Open in Nottingham, England, on Friday, beating Ashleigh Barty 6-3, 7-5.

Already, Brits Laura Robson and Jocelyn Rae have advanced to the final with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 win over compatriot Heather Watson and American Christina McHale.

Konta, eighth in the world and the British's No. 1 ranked player, moved closer to her first win on grass before the home crowd.

Clearly it is not because her big game does not suit the grass: She has made the quarters and semis in her last two Eastbourne appearances as well as this latest final. The 28-year-old won the Surbiton challenger last week and has won three ITF titles in total this season.

"I'm looking to constantly improve and evolve as a player, regardless of surface", Konta said in her post-match press conference.

Konta has yet to drop a set in the tournament and after she broke Rybarikova in the fifth game of the match, was always in control again.

The second was nowhere near as comfortable, though, as Barty broke to take a 4-2 lead.

She added: "I was able to deal with the conditions well". "I worked very hard to get myself back into that second set and stop Ashleigh from running away with it".

She will continue to sharpen her game with a Saturday semi-final in Nottingham against either Magdalena Rybarikova or qualifier Kristie Ahn.

Having reached the top six in the world rankings last month, she is also optimistic about an improved performance at Wimbledon where she was knocked out in the third round past year, her best performance in the tournament.

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