Johanna Konta became the first British woman since 1983 to reach the semifinals of Roland Garros on Tuesday when she took out defending finalist, Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-4 at the French Open. The last British woman to accomplish this feat was Jo Durie.
No. 26 seed Konta ended the run of No. 7 seed Sloane Stephens in one hour and 10 minutes.
Konta defeated the American twice this year – in the first round of Sydney and most recently in the second round of Rome. She remains perfect against Stephens in career head-to-head competition at 3-0.
Konta said that this was one of her best performances on court. “I feel really pleased with how I dealt with the conditions out there and just how I gave myself space to play.”
The 28-year-old Konta will take on 19-year-old Czech Marketa Vondrousova for a place in the final. For either woman, it would be their first major final.
Marketa Vondrousova defeated No. 31 seed Petra Martic 7-6 (1), 7-5. The Czech, who had lost to Croat four times before said that Roland Garros must be “My lucky place.”
It’s just the Czech teen’s ninth major tournament.