Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

French Open 2019, Day 10: Match Points

French Open 2019, Day 10: Match Points

"Yeah, obviously she played well".

"She has great form and it's going to be tough match, but we'll see", Vondrousova said of Konta.

It had been as convincing a win as she has played at Roland Garros this year-a compliment in itself-and made Stephens look slow and off the pace.

"I feel really pleased with just how I dealt with the conditions out there and just how I gave myself space to play". The unseeded 19-year-old beat Petra Martic 7-6, 7-5 to progress to her first grand-slam semi-final.

"It might be slightly different pressure for her compared to her other semis, but what an opportunity and she's just got to relish it". I thought I played the game.

Stephens agreed with Konta's assessment. "She executed a good game plan, and that was that". "She was serving really well", the American said. "There is not much you can do when someone is playing like that".

"I think her concentration is better now, day in, day out".

King, a 12-time Grand Slam singles champion, says any of the women left in the draw are capable of lifting the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen following Saturday's final. The outcome guaranteed a new major finalist. Both of their meetings have occurred this year, with Konta triumphing in straight sets in the first round of Brisbane (on hardcourt), and in three sets on clay in Rome just last month. There were just two rallies that lasted more than nine shots - Konta won both of them - and the average rally length was under four shots. Her serve topped out at 109kph, and she dropped only five points in 38 first serves. She served down the T, sending Sloane Stephens sliding from side-to-side.

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"It just wasn't meant to be".

Unlike a handful of players-Madison Keys, Belinda Bencic and Nick Kyrgios, to name a few-who voiced dislike for terre battue, the slowest surface in tennis, Konta has embraced clay despite years of dismal results on it.

Konta is the first British woman to reach the semifinals at the French Open since 1983 (Jo Durie).

"She likes to play on hard court and grass, and the court was very fast today, and I think that kind of worked in her favour".

From 2013-18, Konta's tour-level win-loss record on clay was a disappointing 7-15.

She has a lot of work still to do and, while she is loving every minute of doing that work, she does not believe in the concept of favourites in any match-up.

Konta, seeded 26th, hired Dimitri Zavialoff previous year, who coached Stan Wawrinka and Timea Bacsinszky.

"So I had to be prepared to keep her on the back foot and control the points". The last time the USA women placed at least three players in the quarterfinals was back in 2004, when it was Jennifer Capriati, Serena Williams and Venus Williams. People underestimated it, people even laughed at it, said I did a insane thing, what am I doing? And Konta is playing the best I've probably ever seen her play except for when she had that run at Wimbledon.

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