Konta marches into last four in Nottingham

Rybarikova rallied in the second set, but a break by Konta in the 11th game of the set game the Brit her chance, and she duly served out for the match to seal her place in Sunday's final.

The world number eight secured a 6-3 7-5 victory over the Australian to set up a last-four clash with Magdalena Rybarikova, who ousted Kristie Ahn 6-4 6-1. Konta, though, regained her stranglehold on the game, winning five of the next six games to close...

Local favorite and No. 1 seed Johanna Konta booked a spot in the semifinals of the Aegon Open in Nottingham, England, on Friday, beating Ashleigh Barty 6-3, 7-5.

It was the first time Barty had played Konta, who moved closer to a first WTA title on home soil.

The second set was not so comfortable as Barty broke to take a 4-2 lead.

However she is a much-improved player and will now face the victor of the other semi-final between Croat Donna Vekic and Czech star Lucie Safarova on Sunday.

On Saturday, the World No. 8 will face either Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova or US player Kristie Ahn.

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

Donna Vekic and Lucie Safarova will battle it out in the other semi-final.

Konta controlled the final match, a long forehand proving to be the only mistake.

"It feels pretty good and I'm really happy to have made it to the end of the week", she told Eurosport after the match.

The 26-year-old British number one has bounced back from her French Open first round exit at the hands of Hsieh Su-Wei by making a strong start to the grass-court season this week.

  • Julie Sanders