Tennis – Kerber stands in Konta’s path


Angelique Kerber stands between British number one Johanna Konta and a place in the final of the Australian Open.

The British number one swept into her first Grand Slam semi-final in fine style as she defeated fellow unseeded player Shuai Zhang of China 6-4 6-1, becoming the first British woman to reach the last four of a major since Jo Durie at the 1983 US Open.
And Konta now has to refocus for a clash with seventh seed Kerber after the left-hander secured a superb 6-3 7-5 win over two-time Melbourne champion Victoria Azarenka.
Kerber, who is 3/10 with Bet365 to defeat Konta, had lost all six of her previous meetings with Azarenka and the match looked to be heading into a final set before the German won five games in a row to clinch victory.
Now Konta, who has never played Kerber, will have to find a way past the German if she wants to become the first GB lady to play in a Grand Slam singles final since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.
“It will be my first match against her, she’s a top 10 player, an incredibly successful player,” Konta told reporters. “I’m going to go out there and bring to the court what I can, to try my best and see how it goes.”