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By Chris Oddo | Friday June 16, 2017

Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta eased past Ashleigh Barty and into the semifinals at the Aegon Open in Nottingham.

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Make it three up, three down for Great Britain’s Johanna Konta. The 26-year-old World No.8 is starting to assert herself on her home soil and has reached her second career semifinal on grass with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Ashleigh Barty.

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Konta earned 15 break points against Barty and converted two in each set to claim the victory in 90 minutes. The British No.1 and World No.8 will next face Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.

Rybarikova defeated American qualifier Kristie Ahn, 6-4, 6-1. She is playing fantastic tennis after taking eight months off of injury after Wimbledon last year. The 28-year-old won the Surbiton challenger last week and has won three ITF titles in total this season.

No.5-seeded Lucie Safarova also came through on Friday, defeating Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4, to set a semifinal with Donna Vekic.


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