Johanna Konta wins in straight sets to go to the semi-finals of the Viking Open.

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Johanna Konta wins in straight sets to go to the semi-finals of the Viking Open.

After reaching the semi-finals of the Viking Open, British number one Johanna Konta is one step closer to ending a four-year quest for a trophy.

Konta continued her superb Wimbledon preparations by defeating Alison Van Uytvanck 6-3 7-6 (6) in Nottingham to clinch a third last-four appearance.

It was her third win of the week, more than she had in the entire year of 2021 previously to this tournament, and she appears to be a good bet to add another WTA Tour trophy to her collection.

Her most recent came after she won the prestigious Miami Open in 2017, when she was at the height of her form and on her way to a world ranking of number four and the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Since then, the 30-year-old has had a difficult time, but she claims she does not judge herself based on her lack of silverware.

When asked if she was surprised she hadn’t won since 2017, she answered, “I’m not surprised because I’ve been playing each match, so I’ve been living it.”

“Since then, I’ve made two finals here, one in Rabat, and another in Rome, so I’ve had chances to win more titles.

“If things had gone my way, I would have won seven titles. Of course, I would have preferred to win some of those finals. But I don’t see that as a criticism of myself.”

By withdrawing from the doubles in Nottingham, Konta is giving herself the best chance of winning a fourth title.

She had made it to the final four alongside Donna Vekic, but had to quit due to bad knees.

She continued, “It’s just regulating the loads in my knees.” “This is the first time in a long time that I’ve played consecutive matches, and my body is certainly feeling it in the knees.

“It’s manageable, but it’s about making these decisions so that I’m in the best possible position to race tomorrow, and if I don’t, I’ll have another chance the next day. (This is a brief piece.)

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