PARIS (AP) - Sloane Stephens never stood a chance.
Johanna Konta produced a remarkably dominant performance against last year’s runner-up, winning 6-1, 6-4 Tuesday to become the first British woman to reach the French Open semifinals since Jo Durie in 1983.
The match was so one-sided that the 26th-seeded Konta won all but one point on her serve in the second set - and the one that she lost was a double fault.
“To play one of the best players in the world and then play at the level I did, I feel really proud of myself,” Konta told the crowd.
Konta’s run comes in stark contrast to her four previous appearances at Roland Garros, when she was eliminated in the first round each time.
The match ended in a brisk 71 minutes with the late-arriving Parisian spectators still filing into their wooden seats inside Court Philippe Chatrier as it was finishing.
“There is not much you can do when someone is playing like that,” Stephens said. “I didn’t get a chance to really get into the match. … She executed a good game plan, and that was that.”
Konta’s semifinal opponent will be 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova, who let a 5-2 lead slip in the second set before finally converting her fourth match point for a 7-6 (1), 7-5 victory over 31st-seeded Petra Martic.
Vondrousova improved to 26-5 since exiting the Australian Open in the second round - a stretch that includes finals in Budapest and Istanbul - and now her first Grand Slam semifinal.
Early in the second set, Stephens was stretched out wide and replied with a desperation forehand that landed on the line. Stephens‘ must have thought her shot was going out, because she stood still and didn’t even attempt to run down Konta’s reply.
“I don’t even remember what that point was,” Stephens said.
Konta has now reached the semifinals in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments after the Australian Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017.
She has never progressed to a final at a major. But if Konta plays this way again, she’ll be tough to beat.
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