Katerina Siniakova continued her giant-killing run at the Shenzhen Open, knocking out No.3 seed Johanna Konta to reach her third career WTA final.
WTA Staff

SHENZHEN, China - Katerina Siniakova is into her third career WTA final after stunning No.3 seed Johanna Konta, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 at the Shenzhen Open.

Siniakova reached her first two WTA finals last year at International events in Bastad and Tokyo, but this run is undoubtedly the best of her young career.

The unseeded 20-year-old rocked the tournament earlier in the week when she dispatched No.2 seed Simona Halep in three sets. Siniakova has kept up that blistering form in her subsequent two matches, recovering from a set down and 4-2 in the decider to advance in one hour and 45 minutes.

Konta had been made to fight through her last two rounds, but enjoyed a breezy start on Friday morning, winning the first five games of the match before taking the first set with ease. The second set proved a far tenser affair, one in which the British No.1 lost serve early and never recovered the initiative from the World No.52, who leveled the match on her third set point.

Starting a season ranked inside the Top 10 for the first time in her career, Konta showed off impressive fight in the third, exchanging breaks before moving within two games of victory. Siniakova caught fire from there, winning the last four games of the match.

"I think she definitely started slower in the match, and me, quite well," Konta told press after the match. "But all credit to her, she really raised her level in the next two sets. She was going for every single shot and played quite freely, so it was a difficult match for me to do what I would have liked. But that's a credit to her.

"I'm happy I got to play four really great matches in the first week of the season. I feel very fortunate to have gotten that time on court and I'm already looking forward to my next event."

Set to meet Siniakova in the final is 2016 Shenzhen finalist Alison Riske, who dispatched Camila Giorgi in straight sets..