Tennis – Kremlin Cup ’18: Johanna Konta Cruises Into Semis

Johanna Konta

English No.1 Johanna Konta achieved only her 2nd WTA semi-final of the year by beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich in three sets at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Both tennis players had chances in a tight decider before Konta won 6 2-6 7-6 (7-2) against the world number 31.

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The triumph takes Konta, who has dropped to 44th on the planet rankings, into her first semi-final since June, this year.

She will play Russian 6th seed Daria Kasatkina in the semi-finals.

The 27-year-old split with her mentor Michael Joyce a week ago and is working with Dimitri Zavialoff, a previous mentor of Stan Wawrinka, on a preliminary premise in Moscow.

She earned a noteworthy prevail upon world number 16 Elise Mertens in the opening round and pursued that by beating Daria Gavrilova in round 2.

Against Sasnovich she dashed into a one-set lead by winning four sequential recreations from 2-2 yet lost her opening administration round of the second set with the Belarusian securing it on her ninth break point of the game.

Sasnovich at that point serenely leveled at one set each before the two players neglected to take break points in the beginning of the decisive set.

In the tie-break, Konta hit a fine strike winning shot to move 4-2 in front and won the accompanying 3 points to seal triumph.

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