Keys beats Kvitova in Olympic rematch at China Open

Toby Graves
October 20, 2016

Konta, the 11th seed, overcame her American opponent 7-6 (7/1) 4-6 6-4 in an encounter that lasted more than two and a half hours.

The victory means that Konta earns a lofty career high WTA ranking not matched by a Briton since Jo Durie in 1984 and sets up a final against Poland's world number three Agnieszka Radwanska tomorrow in Beijing.

"I'm very pleased with this week", said Konta, who won her first title at the Stanford Classic in July.

Zhang Shuai of China hits a return to Johanna Konta of Britain during their women's singles quarterfinal match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 7, 2016.

The World No.3 went up 5-2 in the first set before the 25-year-old Konta, the world No. 14, rallied but failed to take the set.

"It's been an excellent week and I'm very happy with the way that I have played the last couple of matches".

But she admits this is just the start of her rise to the top, and is pinching herself at being mentioned alongside some of the greats of British tennis. "More to come I'm sure".

Konta has made it tough to bet against her, as she's been solid for quite some time and has clearly established herself as one of the more consistent players at this very moment. "It's an fantastic atmosphere, such a attractive stadium, it's a real pleasure to play here", Konta said in her on-court interview. That was a really special week for me and it couldn't have been any better.

Andy Murray was due to play the final of the men's event later against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov. But the Pole - nicknamed Konta held her next service game with a forehand dropshot which Radwanska redirected wide.

Johanna Konta is coming off a three set win over Madison Keys that took 33 games to decide.

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina followed up her victory over world number one Angelique Kerber in the third round with a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win over Daria Gavrilova to reach the semifinals.

Konta, ranked 14th in the world, is now ninth in the race to Singapore with the top eight qualifying for the tournament.

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