Johanna Konta eases into Nottingham Open final after win over Magdalena Rybarikova

Johanna Konta reached her maiden WTA Tour final at home, and first on grass, with a comfortable 6-2, 7-5 win.

Published: 18th June 2017 11:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th June 2017 11:04 AM   |  A+A-

Great Britain's Johanna Konta plays a return to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova during day six of the Nottingham Open at Nottingham Tennis Centre. | AP


NOTTINGHAM: Top seed Johanna Konta cruised past Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets on Saturday to set up a final in Nottingham against Croatia's Donna Vekic.

The Briton reached her maiden WTA Tour final at home, and first on grass, with a comfortable 6-2, 7-5 win.

Konta, 26, was never in trouble against Slovakia's Rybarikova despite having to wait until late in the second set to grab the decisive break.

The world number eight will be full of confidence as she looks to bounce back from a shock first-round exit at the French Open with her third title of the season against Vekic.

The 20-year-old Vekic came through a close encounter with former Roland Garros finalist Lucie Safarova 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), after two hours and 50 minutes.

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