British professional tennis player, Johanna Konta reached the US Open quarter-finals for the first time by edging an unpredictable match against Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova. The 28-year-old Konta, back from a set and 3-1 down to win 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 7-5.
The player said that “I’ve been in the fourth round twice before so reaching the quarter-finals is a massive achievement for me.”
“The key was to keep going, with Karolina you know there will be massive portions of the match where I don’t feel effective.
“It is about staying out there and trusting the fundamental things. It was a great match and I’m so happy.”
In the first set before composing herself to punish an out-of-sorts Pliskova at Flushing Meadows, the 16th seed missed chances. The Czech won 77% of points on her first serve and served 16 aces but those statistics were undermined by nine double faults and a second serve which earned her just seven points.
All over the match, Konta has been hitting clean groundstrokes but failed not and trusted her ability against the similarity powerful Pliskova, landing 45 winners which outnumbered her unforced errors and proved to be a key differential.
On emulating Durie, Konta said: “I’m really pleased with that and, more specifically, this season to make it three quarter-finals in successive Grand Slams is a tremendous achievement.”
“I will enjoy this but I have to keep looking forward and try to go one, two or three steps further.”