Johanna Konta cruises into China Open semi-final with 12-game winning run
It all seemed so very unlikely during an opening 20 minutes which made grim viewing. Konta fell 4-0 behind and with a vocal crowd on her back, her hopes of making her first semi-final in Beijing, one of the four prestigious WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments, were hanging by a thread.
But showing the kind of back-to-the-wall defiance which has characterised her astonishing rise over the past 18 months, Konta stormed back, winning 12 games in a row to clinch victory.
But as the British No1 explained, it wasn’t quite as easy as it seemed against the nuggety Zhang, a tenacious all-court player... read more
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