Nottingham - Top seed Johanna Konta reached the final of the Nottingham grasscourt
tournament on Saturday with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Slovakia's Magdalena
The British No 1 will play Croatian Donna Vekic, 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4)
victor over Czech Lucie Safarova in the day's second semi-final, in the
climax to the Wimbledon warm-up tournament on Sunday.
Konta, who was born in Australia but took British citizenship five years
ago, is aiming to become the first British woman to win a WTA event on
home soil since Virginia Wade at Eastbourne in 1975. Wimbledon, which
Wade won in 1977, is not part of the WTA Tour.
Having reached the top six in the world rankings last month, she is also
optimistic about an improved performance at Wimbledon, where she won
for the first time last year after four opening-round defeats.
Konta has yet to drop a set in the tournament and after she broke
Rybarikova in the fifth game of the match, was always in control again.
The Slovakian showed resistance in a tighter second set but Konta broke
again at 5-5 before going on to seal her place in a first Nottingham
final after one hour 41 minutes.
The other semifinal was a tight tussle which lasted for 10 minutes under
three hours and witnessed real heart from Vekic, who was reduced to
tears of frustration by a tight line call that went against her in the
final set but recovered her poise to prevail in the decisive tiebreak
Results from the WTA tournament in Nottingham on Saturday (x denotes seeding):
Johanna Konta (GBR x1) bt Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 6-2, 7-5
Donna Vekic (CRO) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE x5) 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4)