Jo Konta cruises past Maria Sakkari to keep title hopes alive

Go Jo! British No 1 Konta cruises past Maria Sakkari to reach the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open and keep title hopes alive

  • Johanna Konta is currently just two wins away from just her fourth career title
  • Konta beat Maria Sakkari in New York on Wednesday to reach the semi-final
  • The 29-year-old will now face the former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka today 
  • Konta’s last tournament victory was back in 2017 at the Miami Open 

Johanna Konta is two wins away from just her fourth career title after beating Maria Sakkari in New York on Wednesday night.

The British No 1 saw off the dangerous Greek 6-4, 6-3 to reach the semi-final of the Western and Southern Open and set up a meeting with former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka today.

Konta’s last tournament victory came at the 2017 Miami Open and her performance against Sakkari — who beat Serena Williams in the last round — was encouraging ahead of next week’s US Open.

Johanna Konta is two wins away from just her fourth career title after beating Maria Sakkari

Today she will discover her first-round opponent in Flushing Meadows, as will Andy Murray, who is making his first Grand Slam singles appearance since the Australian Open in 2019. It was after that event that Murray had a second operation on his troublesome hip, with surgeons telling him he should retire.

Konta beat Maria Sakkari (above) in New York on Wednesday night to reach the semi-final

The 29-year-old will now face the former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka (above) today

But the Scot has fought back to fitness and found form at the Western and Southern Open, where he beat world No 7 Alexander Zverev, before losing to Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2 in the last 16.

‘There are a lot of people that told me I should stop, which probably made me want to do it even more,’ admitted Murray, who has been given a wildcard for the US Open. ‘A few surgeons told me it was done, which annoyed me a lot. Deep down I didn’t feel like I was ready to stop. To play Wimbledon again would be nice.’




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