Johanna Konta celebrates after reaching the semis
Britain’s Johanna Konta continued her remarkable Australian Open run with a straight-sets win over China’s Zhang Shuai in the quarter-finals.
The unseeded 24-year-old won 6-4 6-1 to become the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Jo Durie made the US Open last four in 1983.
Konta, ranked 47th, will next face German seventh seed Angelique Kerber.
Fellow Briton Andy Murray takes on Spain’s David Ferrer in the men’s quarter-finals later on Wednesday.
“I didn’t put anything on this match,” said Konta. “I just wanted to come out and play the best level that I could, and give the best entertainment I could.”
Konta powers through to semis
The British number one took full advantage of facing a quarter-final opponent who was also in uncharted waters, seeing off world number 133 Zhang in one hour and 22 minutes.
Konta began confidently, breaking twice and serving superbly as she moved 5-2 clear before overcoming some nerves and a resurgent opponent to clinch the set.
After saving a break point that would have made it 5-5 and then converting her sixth set point, the confidence returned and Konta again earned a double-break lead in the second set.
With a Grand Slam semi-final place there for the taking, Konta saw two match points slip by but converted the third thanks to a net cord that left Zhang helpless.
Johanna Konta embrace Zhang Shuai after their clash
“To be honest, I was taking it a match at the time. She definitely didn’t make it easy for me,” said Konta.
“Every time I was ahead she was constantly there. I’m not proud of the net cord but I’m happy I was able to fight every point.”
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Source:: PM Newspaper