Britain’s Johanna Konta made it to her first ever clay final after winning in straight sets against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic at the Morocco Open.
Konta was a 6-2, 7-6 (7) winner over Tomljanovic in her semi-final at Rabat, having never reached even this far on clay. And having come into the tournament without a title win for a couple of years, she looks to have surpassed a lot of expectations.
The Brit gained a couple of breaks of service to go 4-1 up in the first set before the Aussie pulled one back in the next game. However, Konta hit back with another break of service to go on to clinch it 6-2.
A much improved showing by Tomljanovic in the second, allowed her to remain in touch with Konta but she was unable to break the British serve. Things went quite close in the tie-breaker but Konta had two match-points and converted the second one to seal her place in the final.
She will now take on the winner of the match between Alison van Utyvanck and Maria Sakkari.
In the other ongoing WTA tournament, in a shock final, Swiss qualifier Jil Teichmann will take on wild-card entrant Karolina Munchova. What makes this an interesting match-up is that neither of these two players are ranked in the top 100 of the WTA rankings.