Konta reaches China Open final

Konta reaches China Open final

Johanna Konta has booked her place in the final of the China Open by securing a 7-6 4-6 6-4 victory over Madison Keys on Saturday.

The British number one needed two hours and 38 minutes to see off her American opponent, as she secured her place in the second WTA final of her career following her victory at the Stanford Classic in July.

The 25-year-old's latest victory also means she will move into the top 10 of the world rankings, making her the first British female to achieve the feat since Jo Durie in 1984.

Konta was certainly made to work hard for her victory, taking the first set via a tie-break before Keys, who is also a top-10 player, responded to take the second 6-4, but it was ultimately Konta who prevailed to book her place in Sunday's final.

The Australian-born player will now face either number three seed Agnieszka Radwanska or Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the showpiece event, and she admitted after her match that she is looking forward to the final.

"It's really special, I feel very blessed to be coming back for the final," said Konta.

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