French Open agony for Johanna Konta as Marketa Vondrousova advances to final
Eastbourne’s Johanna Konta will look back on missed opportunities as she suffered a painful loss to Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova in the semi-finals of the French Open.
Konta’s fine run at Roland Garros ended with a 7-5 7-6 (7-2) defeat by the unseeded 19-year-old as she missed out on becoming the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam final since 1977.
Konta, 28, was the dominant force in the first set but paid a hefty price for missing three first-set points - on of which was an open volley at the net into an empty court which she lashed well wide.
Konta had led 5-3 in both sets but Vondrousova battled back to advance to the final, where she will face Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty.
The British No 1 had never won a main-draw match at the Paris venue before this tournament.
She was bidding to become the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade triumphed at Wimbledon 42 years ago.