Johanna Konta reaches first clay final, to face Maria Sakkari for Rabat trophy
Johanna Konta is one win away from clinching her maiden trophy on clay after seeing off Ajla Tomljanovic in the Morocco Open semi-final.
It has already been a week of firsts for the British No 1 in Rabat as she made her first last-four appearance on the red dirt and she is now into the final courtesy a 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) win in one hour and 31 minutes.
She knocks out 2018 finalist Tomljanovic, 6-2, 7-6(7) 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/cFTZbmLYzH
— WTA (@WTA) May 3, 2019
Konta, whose previous final appearance was 10 months ago, broke twice early on to race into a 4-1 lead before Tomljanovic got one break back only for the world No 47 to break again.
It was an even second set and went to the tie-break with Konta racing into a 4-1 lead again before the Australian pegged her back to get to 5-5, but the 27-year-old wasn’t to be denied.
Sixth seed Maria Sakkari is also into her first final of the year as she saw off Alison van Uytvanck with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in one hour and 28 minutes.
.@mariasakkari storms into her first final of 2019!
— WTA (@WTA) May 3, 2019
There were eight breaks of serve in the match with the Greek edging it 5-3 to claim a fairly straightforward win.
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