Defending champion Donna Vekic takes on home hope Johanna Konta in a repeat of last year's final, while top-seeded Ashleigh Barty clashes with Naomi Osaka in the Nature Valley Open semifinals. Scroll down for full order of play.
Alex Macpherson
June 15, 2018

No.1 seed Ashleigh Barty's head-to-head with No.3 seed Naomi Osaka is tied at 1-1. The Australian was the victor in their first meeting, in Acapulco qualifying in 2014, 6-2, 6-4; Osaka gained her revenge this January in the third round of the Australian Open, 6-4, 6-2.

No.4 seed Johanna Konta's semifinal against No.6 seed Donna Vekic is a reprise of last year's final - edged by the Croat 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 to lift her second trophy. It was one of two epic grass-court matches the pair would play in 2017: Konta got her own back in an equally tight Wimbledon second-round encounter 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-8, and an earlier victory in Cincinnati in 2016 means the Briton leads the overall head-to-head 2-1.

This week's run is Johanna Konta's first semifinal showing since Wimbledon last year, and the first time the 27-year-old has won three consecutive matches since then (outside of Fed Cup zonal play, where she defeated Maria Joao Koehler, Anett Kontaveit and Fanny Stollar in February).

Donna Vekic has played five WTA semifinals, and won them all: Tashkent 2012, Birmingham 2013, Kuala Lumpur 2014, Tashkent 2015 and Nottingham 2017. Indeed, the Croat is 17-2 in semifinals at all levels: last September, she retired against Dayana Yastremska in the St. Petersburg ITF $100,000 last four, but her only loss in a completed match at this stage in her entire career was to Hsieh Su-Wei, in the ITF $100,000 event in Suzhou in 2012.

Naomi Osaka is the only semifinalist who has never played a grass-court final (Donna Vekic has played two and Ashleigh Barty and Johanna Konta one each). Indeed, this is the first time the Japanese No.1 has won three consecutive matches on the surface at WTA level; the only previous time she accomplished this at any level was in reaching the final of the Surbiton ITF $50,000 event in 2015, defeating Hsieh Su-Wei and Anett Kontaveit before falling to Vitalia Diatchenko.


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ORDER OF PLAY (all courts start 11am)

After 1 ATP match

Not before 12.30pm
Ashleigh BARTY (AUS) [1] vs Naomi OSAKA (JPN) [3] 
After 1 ATP match

Not before 4pm
Johanna KONTA (GBR) [4] vs Donna VEKIC (CRO) [6]

Alicja ROSOLSKA (POL) / Abigail SPEARS (USA) [3] vs Desirae KRAWCZYK (USA) / Giuliana OLMOS (MEX) 
After 1 ATP match
Mihaela BUZARNESCU (ROU) / Heather WATSON (GBR) vs Lizette CABRERA (AUS) / Irina FALCONI (USA)