Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Johanna Konta marches into last four at Nottingham

Johanna Konta marches into last four at Nottingham

Vikhlyantseva will meet Estonia's Anett Kontaveit in Sunday's showpiece after beating fifth seed Konjuh 6-3 7-5.

Cheered on by the home crowd, the world No8 eased through the first set but fell a break behind in the second before upping her game to avoid a decider.

Konta had no idea she had reached that significant mark in her career which has seen her surge into the world's top 10 and also could not remember who had been her first "scalp" in 2007.

Johanna Konta has recorded a straight-sets win over Magdalena Rybarikova to earn a place in the Nottingham Open final.

The set went with serve until the 11th game when a double fault from Rybarikova gifted Konta the advantage before she served out the match.

"I am enjoying playing each match, I am getting much surer of my footing on the grass", she told Press Association Sport.

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As Ainslie steered his boat across the line, he commended the crew for its best day. When Japan slowed to clear the penalty, Artemis sailed way ahead.

"It was definitely a nice little comeback".

Before that, though, she returns to doubles action, teaming up with Yanina Wickmayer, the opponent she beat in the singles on Thursday. "I worked very hard to get myself back into that second set and stop Ashleigh from running away with it".

At the All England Club, she will hope to make her first big breakthrough, having already done so at the Australian Open- with semi- and a quarter-final runs-and to a lesser extent at the US Open, where she has made the fourth round for the last two years.

Safarova took a three-set victory over Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-3, 0-6, 6-4.

Konta has won three tournaments in the past year and will face Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova in the last four.

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