Top seed Konta wins Nottingham semi-final

Johanna Konta beats Ashleigh Barty to book semi-final spot in Aegon Open

Top seed Konta wins Nottingham semi-final

British No 1 Johanna Konta booked a place in the final of the Aegon Open in Nottingham with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.

If she was able to triumph in Nottingham, having been paired up against Magdalena Rybarikova in the last four, she would become the first British woman to win a WTA tournament in Britain since Virginia Wade was victorious in Eastbourne in 1975.

The British number one beat Ashleigh Barty 6-3 7-5 on Friday to edge closer to her first title on home soil and third of an impressive 2017.

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.

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

Konta looked to be cruising as she broke in the first game of the second set, but Rybarikova immediately hit back. "I am quite spoilt in that sense and it really is a great time of the season and grass is an exciting and enjoyable surface and I want to make the most of it and play as many matches as I can".

Playing in the semi-finals of the competition for the first time, Konta twice broke Rybarikova in the opening set.

"It was definitely a nice little comeback", she added.

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