Britain’s No.1 Johanna Konta edged past Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets to reach her first WTA grass court final at the Aegon Open Nottingham, 6-2, 7-5.
I’m looking to constantly improve and evolve as a player, regardless of surface. I’m glad that it’s coming through on the grass. Jo Konta
The win takes the World N0.8 one-step closer to becoming the first British woman to win a WTA tournament in Britain since Virginia Wade was victorious in Eastbourne in 1975.
Konta who is top seed will face 20-year-old Croatian Donna Vekic, in what will be her third WTA singles final in 2017 after winning hard-court titles in Miami and Sydney. The finals of the Aegon Open Nottingham are set to be played out in front of a almost capacity crowd, as only a few tickets remain available.
Meanwhile in Birmingham more British success came for Katie Boulter who beat 18-year-old fellow Brit Jodie Burrage 6-1 6-7 6-4 in the first round of qualifying.
Disappointment came in Manchester however, as British number three Naomi Broady lost her Aegon Trophy semi-final in Manchester in one hour and 23 minutes.The 27-year-old, who is ranked ranked 115th in the world, lost 6-3 6-4 to world number 207 Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.