Johanna Konta ‘seeing light at the end of the tunnel’ as she reaches round four

A happy Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta’s brilliant clay-court adventure continues as she beat Viktoria Kuzmova in the French Open third round to become the first British woman to reach the last 16 in 36 years.

After a slow start to the year, Konta reached the finals of the Morocco Open and the Italian Open in the lead-up to Roland Garros.

And she was once again at her best against Kuzmova as she brushed aside the Slovakian 6-2, 6-1 to set up a clash against 23rd seed Donna Vekic from Croatia, who beat Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-1.

Konta started the French Open under a cloud as she was feeling under the weather, but things have improved.

“Today is the most human I have felt the last few days so I’m definitely seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” she said.

She added: “I get my attention brought to these different little milestones – it is definitely a nice pat on the back.

“It’s a nice thing to hear, especially after winning a match.”

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