Konta Passes Kasatkina Test To Reach Sydney Semifinals
Published January 11, 2017 12:14
Barely a day after the 19-year-old Russian completed the biggest victory of her career against World No.1 Angelique Kerber, Kasatkina couldn't pull off another upset against the No.6 seed Konta, falling 6-3, 7-5.
Despite swirling conditions Konta got off to a strong start against the Russian, attacking early and taking all the time away from her opponent. Kasatkina was visibly frustrated as her forehand - usually her most effective shot - let her down time and time again, leaking errors.
Kasatkina was almost overwhelmed by the Brit's game, recording just 4 winners to 15 unforced errors against Konta's 14 winners and 11 unforced errors in the opening set.
Things got a bit more complicated for the Brit in the second set, though, as Kasatkina came roaring back. Bold hitting from the Russian earned her a pair of breaks, crushing a backhand that just caught the line to go up 4-2. But each time Kasatkina got a lead Konta found a way of dashing it.
In the very next game, with Kasatkina on serve, the Russian missed a golden opportunity to pull ahead in the set. She was broken after a marathon game that went to deuce eight times, and instead of Kasatkina sitting at 5-2 the pair were back on serve. Konta gratefully took the opening, leveling the set at 4-4.
Kasatkina was broken once more as the wind kicked up dramatically toward the end of the set, both players doing their best to keep points short even and direct even as the winds wreaked havoc with their shots.
Konta didn't get flustered by the conditions, though, and took the match to book her spot into the semifinals at the Apia International Sydney for the first time.