PARIS – The United Kingdom No. 1 female tennis player Johanna Konta prevailed on Sunday over Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-2, 6-4 to secure her maiden French Open quarterfinals appearance.
The Sidney-born player to Hungarian parents who became a British citizen in 2012 sealed her fourth win over the Croatian in one hour and 24 minutes to and become the first Briton to make Ronald Garros’ last-8 since 1983.
Both players had a shaky start to the match, as they traded service breaks once apiece over the first couple of games, but it was Konta who took control as she managed to break her opponent’s serve and then hold her own delivery to grab a 3-1 lead.
Vekic’s hope for a comeback dealt a final blow as she conceded her serve once more to trail 5-2, but she never gave up and carved out several break points while Konta was serving for the set.
After a marathon eighth game, which featured four deuces, Konta managed to seal the set after 38 minutes of play.
The second set, however, kept all the action to the last couple of games, as both players once more traded service breaks with Konta taking a 4-3 lead only to see her serve broken in the following game.
But Konta then broke her opponent’s serve for one more time to take a 5-4 lead and then easily held her serve to love to win the contest.
Konta now is one win away from equaling her best Grand Slam run, having qualified for the 2016 Australian Open semis and the 2017 Wimbledon last-4.
Eyeing to become the first Briton to qualify for the French Open semifinal since her compatriot Jo Durie achieved that feat 36 years ago, Konta will meet either Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain or Sloane Stephens of the United States in the quarterfinal.
In another round of 16 action, Petra Martic of Croatia, seeded No. 31, rallied from a set down to earn a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 win over Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.
Martic is set to face off against Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic who stunned Anastasija Sevastova, the 12th seed, 6-2, 6-0 to secure her first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance.