WTA Roland Garros: Marketa Vondrousova edges Johana Konta to reach final

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WTA Roland Garros: Marketa Vondrousova edges Johana Konta to reach final

The 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova is playing her ninth Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros, heading to Paris with six wins. A left-handed teenager has managed to win that many in the last 13 days in Paris, though, advancing into the first Grand Slam final after beating Johanna Konta 7-5, 7-6 in an hour and 45 minutes.

It was the 28th triumph in 34 matches for Marketa in 2019, scoring it on Court Simonne-Mathieu after a great battle from start to finish against the Briton who also played in the first semi-final at this level. In the end, Marketa took ten points more than her rival, stealing 45% of the return points and delivering four breaks from nine opportunities.

On the other hand, Konta delivered three breaks of serve and had all the reasons to be disappointed after the match, leading 5-3 in both sets and squandering three set points in the ninth game of the opener. Johanna kicked off the match in perfect style, taking the opening ten points for a 2-0, 30-0 lead before Marketa pulled the break back in game four after a double fault from the Briton.

Landing a backhand down the line winner, Johanna broke again in the fifth game, moving 5-3 ahead and wasting three set points on the return in the ninth game. Marketa drew the momentum from this, breaking back in game ten with a forehand down the line winner that leveled the score at 5-5 for her.

A teenager secured another break at 6-5, stealing the set with a perfect lob winner after 53 minutes, rattling off four straight games to move a set away from the place in the final. The second set was much more fluid, Konta broke in game three to forge the lead that carried her towards 5-3, serving for the set in game ten, just like in the opener.

Vondrousova stayed focused, pulling the break back after another costly double fault from her opponent and taking the tie break 7-2 with a perfect drop shot to wrap up the triumph and book the place in the first Major final.