Tennis: Konta eases into maiden home final

Britain's Johanna Konta celebrates winning her semi final.
Britain's Johanna Konta celebrates winning her semi final.PHOTO: REUTERS

NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom (AFP) – Top seed Johanna Konta cruised past Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets on Saturday (June 17) to set up a final in Nottingham against Croatia’s Donna Vekic.

The Briton reached her maiden WTA Tour final at home, and first on grass, with a comfortable 6-2, 7-5 win.

Konta, 26, was never in trouble against Slovakia’s Rybarikova despite having to wait until late in the second set to grab the decisive break.

The world number eight will be full of confidence as she looks to bounce back from a shock first-round exit at the French Open with her third title of the season against Vekic.

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The 20-year-old Vekic came through a close encounter with former Roland Garros finalist Lucie Safarova 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), after two hours and 50 minutes.