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Konta to meet Radwanska in China Open final

October 08, 2016 23:07 IST

Britain's Johanna Konta withstood a fightback by Madison Keys and third seed Agnieszka Radwanska beat Ukraine's Elina Svitolina on Saturday to reach to the China Open final.

Britain's Johanna Konta plays against Madison Keys of the U.S. in the China Open on SaturdayKonta beat Keys 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4 victory and will become the first British woman to break into the top 10 of the WTA rankings since Jo Durie in 1984.

Radwanska, the 2011 champion, secured a 7-6(3), 6-3 victory over Svitolina, who upset world number one Angelique Kerber earlier in the tournament, in one hour 41 minutes.

Keys committed 47 unforced errors against the 11th-seeded Konta, who will move up to eighth place in the race to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.

"I'm definitely enjoying my time here. It's my first time in Beijing and I hope to play many more times here. It's an amazing atmosphere, such a beautiful stadium, it's a real pleasure to play here," Konta told reporters.

"She's (Keys) such a high-quality player, has such a weight of shot -I just tried to run down as many balls as I could and tried to take the chances I got." 

Image: Britain's Johanna Konta plays against Madison Keys of the U.S. in the China Open on Saturday

Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

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