US Open 2019: Johanna Konta beats Karolina Pliskova to reach quarter-finals

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From Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows
By edging an erratic game against Czech seed Karolina Pliskova johanna Konta attained the US Open.
Konta, 28, fought back from a set and 3-1 to win 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 7-5.
Following the Allied fifth seed beat Madison Keys 7-5 6-4, She’ll face Elina Svitolina at the last eight.
“I have been in the round twice before so reaching the quarter-finals is a large accomplishment for me personally,” said the British number one.
“The trick was to continue, with Karolina you know there’ll be massive parts of the match where I don’t feel effective.
“It’s all about staying there and expecting that the basic things. It was a fantastic match and I’m so content.”
The seed missed opportunities in the first group before writing herself to punish an out-of-sorts Pliskova at Flushing Meadows. The Czech won 77 percent of things on her serve and served 16 specialists but those statistics were undermined by nine double faults and a second function which earned her only seven points.
Konta continued to trust her ability against the powerful Pliskova, landing 45 winners which was a crucial differential and outnumbered her unforced errors and was hitting clean groundstrokes all championship.
Konta, who’s the first British woman to get to the has made the previous eight in all four Grand Slams.
Before this year, she also even reached the French Open semi-finals and Wimbledon quarter-finals.
On emulating Durie, Konta said:”I’m really happy with that and, more especially, this year to make it three quarter-finals in consecutive Grand Slams is a tremendous achievement.
“I will delight in this but I must keep looking forward and try to head one, a few steps further.”
Konta will now confront 24-year-old Svitolina, who appreciated a routine win over 2017 finalist Keys and seed in the night session game in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“It is going to be another fantastic battle,” said Svitolina, who boasts a 3-0 winning record against Konta.
Konta, affirmed again by celebrity Tom Hiddleston in her player box, started against a rival who had won six of the seven previous meetings.
She continued to create more chances as the tall Catholic fought to property serves, enabling Konta to dismantle Pliskova serve on her way and broke to love in the first game.
Pliskova rallied to conserve all them and it seemed likely to prove costly for Konta when her service match – which she had dropped in her three games – disintegrated.
Since the Czech rediscovered her main weapon to take the advantage konta didn’t land a first serve because she tried to watch the opener out at 5-4, paying off the cost.
Pliskova appeared in control as she won nine out of 10 things with Konta’s match starting to become ragged and broke into the first game of the second set.
But, following the group traded two more breaks, momentum shifted back into Konta, who won five games in a row to take an match.
Konta had won 16 of her 19 three-set matches and seemed set to improve that tally when a service game from Pliskova, that featured three unforced errors and a double fault, abandoned the Briton serving for the match.
However when she functioned for the group, nerves seemed to take support and Pliskova threatened to par by bringing up break point. Konta, however, written herself again down the road.
After missing a game point, she refresh to triumph at the second opportunity if 27-year-old Pliskova – still searching for a maiden Grand Slam title herself – struck to return in 20 minutes and two weeks.
“It was important not to panic or worry,” Konta mentioned about battling back from a set and a break down.
“I had been doing a great deal of great things out there and that I kept into perspective I had been playing the number three player on earth.
“I was pleased with what I had been doing so first set, though I was not able to come through, and I felt there was a great deal for me to assemble on.
“I trust in my capacity to make more chances and I managed to accomplish this.”
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller in Flushing Meadows
Johanna Konta won that game the way. Many would have escalated after dropping a first pair they had dominated – after being broken twice in a row at the beginning of the second.
But Konta seems to relish mixing it together with the elite, and comes with an outstanding record this year.
She’s won her previous four games from top 10 players at Grand Slams – against Sloane Stephens two times, Petra Kvitova and currently Karolina Pliskova.
The serve is the bedrock of her game, once the game was up for grabs, but she hit bravely and publicly.
To have reached the final eight of all four Grand Slams is a mighty achievement, and she is just the 14th participant to get done.
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