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Johanna Konta breezes past Magdalena Rybarikova to make final

18 June 2017, 12:57 | Israel Caldwell

British No 1 Johanna Konta booked a place in the final of the Aegon Open in Nottingham

British No 1 Johanna Konta booked a place in the final of the Aegon Open in Nottingham

Top seed Konta, 26, maintained her record of having yet to drop a set in the tournament as she closed in on her first WTA title on home soil.

Swinging freely on a surface she is far happier with, Konta swept past Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova on Saturday to reach her first WTA grass-court final.

Konta took a few games to get going against the Slovak, who plays much of her best tennis on grass.

"I am enjoying working hard and executing my game plan with each match that I play".

"Konta now plays play Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in the second round who beat her at Birmingham on grass past year and she admitted:" Yanina did get the better of me then and she can be very risky on this surface".

She secured a shot at her first home WTA Tour title by beating Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2 7-5
She secured a shot at her first home WTA Tour title by beating Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2 7-5

'That is something that happens with every player. Konta, though, regained her stranglehold on the game, winning five of the next six games to close the win out in straight sets, taking it on a fourth match point.

She is expecting a tough encounter against Rybarikova, who, despite being ranked well outside the top 100, won a recent ITF tournament in Surbiton.

World number 49 Kontaveit built a 4-1 lead in the opening set and although her errors were punished in a one-sided second-set tiebreak, she held the edge on the big points in the decider to triumph in two hours.

"It was definitely a nice little comeback".

Most importantly we look to leave the battle on court and we remain great friends off it and I am looking forward to playing doubles with her again tomorrow.

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