Top seed Johanna Konta of Britain will play fourth seed Zhang Shuai of China in the final of the 2021 Nottingham Open on Sunday, June 13. Get the live streaming options of this Johanna Konta v Zhang Shuai match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Johanna Konta v Zhang Shuai Head to Head
The two have met six times before and Konta leads the matchup 5-1. Konta’s only defeat to the Chinese player came in Guangzhou in 2013.
The Briton won her first match against Zhang at the U.S. Open in 2012. It was their only three-set affair.
Konta also beat Zhang thrice in 2016, at the Australian Open, in Wuhan and in Beijing and won her last against the Chinese at the U.S. Open in 2019.
Konta Sees Off Stojanovic in Semis
World No. 20 Johanna Konta of Britain marched into a third Nottingham Open final after she defeated Serbia’s Nina Stojanovic in a three-set semifinal on Saturday.
Having finished runner-up in 2017 and 2018, Konta will be looking to end the finals jinx in Nottingham and capture her first title on grass. The top seed has won three WTA titles from eight finals so far, and all those wins have come on hard courts in Stanford (2016), Sydney (2017) and Miami (2017).
On Saturday, Konta saved seven of nine break points and converted five of 10 to beat the 15th seed Stojanovic 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 7-5 in two hours and 53 minutes. It was the longest match for the Briton this week, who was also taken to the deciding set by Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova in the Round of 16, but she won that contest 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in two hours and seven minutes.
Konta had a relatively easy start to the tournament, winning the second-round contest against the Netherland’s Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 6-1, 6-3 in 64 minutes.
She also won her quarterfinal in straight sets, defeating Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).
The 30-year-old right-hander, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 4 in 2017, came into the tournament with a dismal 3-7 record in 2021, but improved to 7-7 on Saturday.
The three-time major semifinalist was beaten by Donna Vekic in the Nottingham final in 2017 and by Ashleigh Barty in the final in 2018. Both of those finals had needed a third set to decide the winner.
Konta has not reached a final since losing to Karolina Pliskova in the title clash in Rome in 2019. She however featured in two semifinals last year, falling to Marie Bouzkova in Monterrey and to Victoria Azarenka at the Western and Southern Open.
Zhang Overcomes Davis
China’s Zhang Shuai reached a fourth career final on Saturday as she ousted America’s Lauren Davis in straight sets in the semifinals.
Broken just once in the match, Zhang saved four break points and converted three of 11 to win the contest 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 30 minutes.
Ranked 46th in the world, the Chinese player, who came into the tournament with a disappointing 1-8 record this year, has found her touch on grass, winning four in a row.
The 32-year-old Zhang had begun the tournament with a 6-4, 6-3 second-round win against Australia’s Arina Rodionova and then won her Round of 16 contest against 16th seed Zarina Diyas 6-4, 6-3.
Her real test in the tournament came against the seventh seed Kristina Mladenovic in the quarterfinals, when she needed two hours and 22 minutes to battle past the Frenchwoman 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).
Zhang’s two previous titles came in Guangzhou in 2013 and 2017 and she finished runner-up in Hobart last year.
Konta v Shuai Prediction and Tip
Konta has dominated their previous contests and will look to do the same in front of her home crowd. Expect the Briton to win her first title on grass on Sunday.