Johanna Konta digs deep to reach Kremlin Cup semi-finals

Johanna Konta in action

Johanna Konta held off a fighting Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the Kremlin Cup to reach only her second semi-final of the 2018 season.

The British No 1 has been in poor form in recent months with a host of first-round exits, but she has put together a decent run in Moscow.

Konta beat the Belarusian 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2) in two hours and 38 minutes.

Next up for the 27-year-old is Daria Kasatkina after the Russian sixth seed beat compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3.

The other semi-final will be between Ons Jabeur and Anastasija Sevastova.

Tunisian Jabeur, who accounted for third seed Sloane Stephens’ second-round exit, claimed the scalp of eighth seed Anett Kontaveit with a 7-5, 6-1 win.

The fifth-ranked Sevastova, meanwhile, overcame a shaky start to beat Russian Vera Zvonareva 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

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