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Konta shows class to book last eight spot

 

By Andy Sims

Johanna Konta pulled off one of the biggest wins of her career by beating third seed Karolina Pliskova to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.

The British number one dropped the first set on a tie-break but battled back to win 6-7 (1), 6-3, 7-5.

In doing so Konta became the first British woman to reach the last eight at Flushing Meadows since Jo Durie in 1983.

Konta had lost six of her previous seven matches with Pliskova, including twice on her home turf of Eastbourne, as well as in Nottingham and Birmingham.

It was a see-saw of a match, Konta holding two points for a double break in the first set, only to be pegged back and blown away in the tie-break.

In the second set, at 5-3 two break points were saved and when the Czech went long Konta levelled the match.

In a nip-and-tuck final set, Konta produced a gutsy hold to love for 5-5, and then broke to 15 to serve for the match. One match point came and went, but when the second arrived and Pliskova's return floated out, Konta raised her arms in celebration.

"I've been in this position twice before here, so to go one step further is a massive achievement for me," said Konta.

"Now I'm hoping to go two or three steps further."

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