Tuesday 25 June 2019

Johanna Konta suffers semi-final woe at Rolland Garros at the hands of Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova

Johanna Konta congratulates Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic after their semi-final match. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
Johanna Konta congratulates Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic after their semi-final match. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
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British number one Johanna Konta has lost 7-5 7-6 (2) against Marketa Vondrousova in the semi-finals of the French Open.

Konta let a golden chance to win the opening set of her French Open semi-final slip away against Marketa Vondrousova as the Czech teenager took the lead.

Having won the first 10 points of the match, played in a front of a disappointingly sparse crowd on Court Simonne Mathieu, Konta had three set points at 5-3.

But she never recovered from a forehand drive volley blazed horribly wide and long on the first and Vondrousova won four games in a row to take the set 7-5.

Konta desperately needed a good start to the second set and she made it, stopping the run of games against her at five and then breaking for a 2-1 lead.

She found herself in the same position as she had in the opener, serving at 5-4 to take the match to a decider, but again she was unable to overcome the tension.

A double fault handed the break to Vondrousova and moments later Konta was serving to stay in the match.

She at least managed to force a tie-break this time but the tactical surety that she had shown during the rest of the tournament was missing.

That was to take nothing away from her opponent, who played like the more experienced competitor and clinched a place in her first slam final with a typically precise backhand drop shot, winning 7-5 7-6 (2).

Ahead of her first grand slam final, Vondrousova told ITV4: "It was a very tough match today and I'm just happy that I kept my nerves at the end and so happy with everything.

"I'm just so happy with everything."

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