Johanna Konta breezes past Magdalena Rybarikova to make final

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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.

Top seed Konta, 26, maintained her record of having yet to drop a set in the tournament as she closed in on her first WTA title on home soil.

Playing in the semifinals of the competition for the first time, Konta was quickly into her rhythm, breaking Rybarikova in the fifth game of the match. She did not look back, breaking the Slovakian again shortly afterwards to confidently take the opening set 6-2.

Konta looked to be cruising as she broke in the first game of the second set, but Rybarikova immediately hit back.

Temperatures continued to soar and there was a break in play as medics helped a female spectator who was struggling with the heat, with Konta handing over her umbrella.

The set went with serve until the 11th game when a double fault from Rybarikova gifted Konta the advantage before she served out the match.

She will take on Donna Vekic in Sunday’s final after the Croatian upset fifth seed Lucie Safarova 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (4) in three tough sets.



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