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Jo steers past Kiki.

JOHANNA KONTA came from a set down to beat Dutch World No.4 Kiki Bertens 5-7 7-5 6-2 to reach today's final of the Italian Open in Rome.

In doing so she became the first British woman to make the final of the tournament since Virginia Wade in 1971. The British No.1 will face fourth seed Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic.

Konta was broken while serving for the first set but fought back to take the second. She pulled away in the final set, breaking the Madrid Open champ's serve twice before securing victory.

Konta said: "After I lost the first set, I didn't do much wrong. In the third, I definitely felt that I was able to maintain my level a bit better than her."


MATCH THAT: Konta celebrates her victory

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 19, 2019
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