US Open 2019: Johanna Konta beats Karolina Pliskova to reach quarter-finals

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From Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport in Flushing Meadows
Johanna Konta reached the US Open quarter-finals for the first time by edging an game against Czech seed Karolina Pliskova.
Konta, 28, fought back from a set and 3-1 to win 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 7-5.
Following the Allied seed conquer Madison Keys 7-5 6-4 she will confront Elina Svitolina at the last eight.
«I have been in the fourth round twice before so attaining the quarter-finals is a large achievement for me personally,» stated the British number one.
«The trick was to continue, together with Karolina you know there will be massive parts of the match where I do not feel effective.
«It’s all about staying there and trusting the basic things. It was a terrific game and I’m so content.»
The seed missed chances in the first set before writing herself to punish an Pliskova at Flushing Meadows. The Czech functioned 16 specialists and won 77% of points on her first serve but these figures were undermined by nine double faults and another function which earned her only seven points.
Konta has been hitting groundstrokes all tournament and proceeded to trust her skill against the similarly powerful Pliskova, landing 45 winners which proved to be a differential and outnumbered her unforced errors.
Konta, who’s the first British woman to get to the has made the last eight.
Before this year, she reached the French Open semi-finals and Wimbledon quarter-finals.
On emulating Durie, Konta said:»I am quite delighted with that and, more especially, this year to make it three quarter-finals in consecutive Grand Slams is a tremendous accomplishment.
«I will enjoy this but I have to keep looking forward and try to head one, a few steps farther.»
Konta will face 24-year-old Svitolina, who appreciated a win over seed and 2017 finalist Keys in the night session match on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
«It will be another excellent battle,» explained Svitolina, that boasts a 3-0 winning record against Konta.
Konta, affirmed by actor Tom Hiddleston in her participant box, began strongly against an opponent who had won six of the seven preceding tour-level meetings.
She continued to create more opportunities as the Czech struggled to property serves, enabling Konta to dismantle Pliskova serve on her way and broke into love from the game.
Pliskova rallied to save all of them and it looked likely to prove costly for Konta when her support match — that she had only dropped twice in her three games — disintegrated.
Konta failed to land a first serve since she tried to see the opener in 5-4 out, paying off the cost as the Czech rediscovered her main weapon to spend the advantage.
Pliskova appeared in control as she won nine out of 10 things with Konta’s match starting to turn into ragged and broke in the first game of the second set.
But, following the group traded two breaks, momentum changed back into Konta, who won five games in a row to take an engrossing match into a decider.
Konta had won 16 of her 19 three-set matches and appeared set to improve that tally when a service game from Pliskova, that comprised three unforced errors and a double fault, abandoned the Briton serving for the game.
As when she served for the very first set, nerves seemed to take support and by bringing up fracture point Pliskova threatened to level. Konta, though, composed herself again down the road.
After finishing a game point, she refresh to triumph at the opportunity that is next if 27-year-old Pliskova — still searching for a Grand Slam name himself — struck to return in 20 minutes and 2 weeks.
«It was important not to panic or be worried,» Konta stated about battling back from a set and a break down.
«I was doing a lot of good things out there and then that I retained right into perspective I had been playing with the number three player on earth.
«I was delighted with what I was doing in that first group, though I was not able to come through, and I certainly felt that there was a good deal for me to assemble on.
«I am interested in my capacity to make more opportunities and I managed to accomplish this.»
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller in Flushing Meadows
Johanna Konta won that match the way. Many could have escalated after dropping a set they had dominated — after being broken in a row.
However, Konta seems to love mixing it with the elite, and comes with an extraordinary third-set album this season.
She’s won her past four matches against top 10 players in Grand Slams — against Sloane Stephens two times, Petra Kvitova and now Karolina Pliskova.
The function is the bedrock of her sport, but she hit bravely and freely when the game was up for grabs.
To have reached the last eight of four Grand Slams is a mighty accomplishment, and she is the active player to have done.
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