Top seed Konta wins Nottingham semi-final


Britain's No.1 Johanna Konta edged past Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets to reach her first WTA grass court final at the Aegon Open Nottingham, 6-2, 7-5. "I was able to raise my game", said Konta, who has not dropped a set in her search for a first WTA title on home soil.

The 26-year-old, now ranked eighth in the world, made it clear she was looking to go deep in the Midlands event to try and get as much grass-court practice as possible ahead of Wimbledon, and was far too good for the Slovakian on Saturday afternoon. I know Donna is playing very well recently and I know Lucie is a very unsafe player as well, and I'm sure they're gonna have a great match here.

Unseeded Vikhlyantseva, who had lost her previous six matches before this tournament, broke Konjuh in the fourth game of the opening set and hit back from 4-5 down in the second to win the last three games.

'That is something that happens with every player.

"I am enjoying each challenge that every match brings, I feel I am problem-solving better and better and I am just trying to really compete as best as I can".

Playing in the semi-finals of the competition for the first time, top seed Konta was quickly into her rhythm, breaking Rybarikova in the fifth game of the match.

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

"She is a talented and effective player, especially on this surface", Konta added.

"Most importantly from my side will be to be competitive and give it my all".