Johanna Konta returns to winning streak just in time for Wimbledon
Jo Konta is back on her way to victory just in time for Wimbledon after advancing to the Viking Open semi-final with a win over Alison Van Uytvanck
- Jo Konta is in Viking Open semi-finals after beating Alison Van Uytvanck
- Konta split from coach Dimitri Zavialoff after his early exit from Roland Garros
- Konta beat Van Uytvanck 6-3 7-6 and now faces Serbian Nina Stojanovic
Without his coach just before the grass season seems to have done little harm to Jo Konta.
The British No.1 is returning to form just in time for Wimbledon, and on Friday she played her first semi-final of the season at the Viking Open in Nottingham.
Konta, who parted ways with Frenchman Dimitri Zavialoff after his first round exit at Roland Garros, beat Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 6-3, 7-6 to be in the bottom four of this event for the third time.
Johanna Konta qualifies for Vikings open semi-final after beating Alison Van Uytvanck
She now faces Serbian Nina Stojanovic, looking to build on her momentum after scoring three straight wins for the first time since August. Konta withdrew from the doubles event, explaining that it was to protect her knee.
Katie Boulter retired from her quarterfinal as she led American Lauren Davis 7-6, 0-2 with a right elbow injury.
The draw will take place on Saturday for next week’s Cinch Championships at Queen’s Club in London, which is the potential venue for Andy Murray to make his first singles appearance in more than three months. Murray trained at Wimbledon and intends to avoid any late setbacks with his hip problems.
Konta has split from her coach but won three games in a row for the first time since August
25-year-old Barbora Krejcikova will try to complete the first leg with a rare brace this afternoon when she meets Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the most unlikely of the Grand Slam finals. The Czech was the busiest person at Roland Garros and warmed up on Saturday by winning the semi-finals in the women’s doubles with her partner Katerina Siniakova.
The singles final will be a battle of latecomers, although 29-year-old Pavlyuchenkova is in her 52nd major event while her opponent only makes her fifth main draw appearance.
The UK national tennis calendar will be extended next year. In its latest change in strategy, the LTA announced that it will host a total of 15 lower level world ranking events for men and women outside of the main turf tournaments.