Konta land­mark af­ter beat­ing Keys in China Open semi­fi­nals

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Jo­hanna Konta be­came the first Bri­tish wo­man to make the top 10 world rank­ings in 32 years af­ter de­feat­ing Madi­son Keys in three sets yes­ter­day in the China Open semi­fi­nals.

In the men’s event, topseeded Andy Mur­ray dis­missed David Fer­rer in straight sets and plays Grigor Dim­itrov in to­day’s fi­nal.

The 11th-seeded Konta beat eighth-seeded Keys 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 af­ter 2 hours, 35 min­utes un­der clear skies. Keys strug­gled on her sec­ond ser­vice, win­ning only 37 per cent of points.

Cur­rently ranked 14th, Konta will break into the top 10 of the next WTA rank­ings - the first Bri­tish wo­man to do so since Jo Durie in 1984. She also moves into the top eight of the Road to Sin­ga­pore race.

The 25-year-old Konta faces the win­ner of yes­ter­day’s other semi­fi­nal be­tween Elina Svi­tolina and Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska.

Mur­ray beat fifth­seeded Fer­rer 6-2, 6-3, while Dim­itrov had a walkover against third­seeded Mi­los Raonic, who in­jured his an­kle dur­ing his quar­ter­fi­nal vic­tory against Pablo Car­reno Busta on Fri­day.

Mur­ray leads Dim­itrov 7-3 in head-to-head meet­ings.

Jo­hanna Konta of Bri­tain cel­e­brates af­ter de­feat­ing Madi­son Keys of the United States to reach the fi­nal of the China Open tour­na­ment

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