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Fired-up Konta battles through to the last eight

 

Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta

By Peter Jordan

Johanna Konta held off a spirited fightback from Romania's Ana Bogdan to book her place in the last eight of the Morocco Open in Rabat.

Konta cruised through the opening set and moved 4-1 ahead in the second, only for Bogdan to raise her game and level by winning a second-set tie-break.

However, seventh seed Konta reasserted her authority in the decider to seal a 6-1 6-7 (6/8) 6-2 victory and advance to only her second quarter-final of the season.

Konta made the ideal start with a break of serve in the opening game and two more gave her the set in just 27 minutes.

Bogdan began to find her rhythm from the back of the court and broke Konta twice.

Konta held a match point at 6-5 with two serves to come, only to lose the next three points.

Konta broke Bogdan in consecutive service games to close out a hard-fought win in one hour 59 minutes.

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