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Konta demolishes Dane

JO Konta has proved the exploits of Andy Murray and Dan Evans are not the only British shows in town at the Australian Open in Melbourne. With Murray and Evans having made the same stage in the menŠ—Ès event, Konta sealed a second successive fourth-round appearance against Ekaterina Makarova by steamrollering former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki.

"I definitely played at a high level against Caroline

JO Konta has proved the exploits of Andy Murray and Dan Evans are not the only British shows in town at the Australian Open in Melbourne. With Murray and Evans having made the same stage in the menŠ—Ès event, Konta sealed a second successive fourth-round appearance against Ekaterina Makarova by steamrollering former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki.

Ninth seed Konta was unstoppable as she sealed a 6-3 6-1 victory in a mere 1hr.15min and could face serial champion Serena Williams in the quarter-finals if she overcomes Makarova for the second successive year.

The Eastbourne-based ace is looking to at least emulate her run to the semi-finals last year as she continues to prove herself as the best player to fly the Union flag since Joe Durie three decades ago.

Konta, 25, who went into the tournament having won the Sydney International immediately before it, is in a good place.

She said to the crowd: "I definitely played at a high level against Caroline.

"She really makes you work for it and doesn’t give you anything so I am happy with my level.

"I knew it would be incredibly tough and I wanted to assert myself from the get go and play the match I wanted to play. What an amazing crowd, you guys were incredible."


Wozniacki was swept aside by the British No1

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Of facing Russian Makarova, who stunned sixth seed Dominika Cibulkova, she added: "We played in the fourth round here last year and I think it was 8-6 in the third, so I am expecting a battle.

"It will be tough, just like against anyone in any match, you don’t have any easy matches anymore."

Konta limited Wozniacki to a mere six winners and secured nine games in a row on route to victory.

She took a firm grip after an even start with her aggressive tactics leaving Wozniacki on the ropes on the Margaret Court Arena and broke the Dane twice to seal the opening set.

The former world No1 was broken in the second as she double-faulted and Konta raced away with it.

She clinched it on her second match point after a double fault on her first. She hit 31 winners while her opponent managed only six.

And she goes into her Makarova showdown having won 16 sets and eight matches on the bounce.





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