Battling Johanna Konta beaten by Venus Williams in Wuhan Open

Published: Thursday 1st October 2015 by The News Editor

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Johanna Konta’s spirited run at the Wuhan Open came to an end but not before she took Venus Williams the distance in a pulsating quarter-final.

Williams won the final four games to dig herself out of a hole and prevail 6-4 3-6 7-5 in a match which took two hours and 40 minutes.

Konta, who stunned world number two Simona Halep on Wednesday, was serving for the match with a 5-3 lead in the final set, but Williams – who struggled on her serve throughout – was able to channel her frustrations and take the win.

In the final balance, the margins were minimal as Williams won 107 points to Konta’s 106.

Konta, ranked 66th in the world, pulled off the biggest win of her career when she came from 5-1 down in the deciding set to defeat Halep in the third round.

Next up for Williams is Roberto Vinci, who ended Serena Williams’ hopes of a calendar year Grand Slam at the US Open

Italian 15th seed Vinci defeated Karolina Pliskova, the Czech eighth seed, 7-6 (7/2) 6-3.

Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza, the Spanish fifth seed, swept past Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-2 6-2, and will face sixth seed Angelique Kerber, who was a 6-3 6-1 winner over Coco Vandeweghe.

Published: Thursday 1st October 2015 by The News Editor

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