Konta cuts Bertens' streak and will play the final against Pliskova

Konta took revenge for the defeat he suffered this year against the Dutchman in Indian Wells. He will play the final on Sunday against Pliskova or Sakkari.

The British Johanna Konta cut this Saturday the winning streak of the Dutch Kiki Bertens, recent champion in Madrid, and beat her by 5-7, 7-5 and 6-2 to reach the final of the tournament in Rome.

Konta, number 42 of the WTA ranking, took the rematch after losing against Bertens, number 4 in the world, this year in Indian Wells and was the winner of an intense battle disputed in the central court of the Foro Italico, two hours and 50 minutes. Bertens, who won the first set and had nine consecutive victories, said goodbye to the Roman tournament after eliminating on his way the Spanish Carla Suárez and the Japanese Naomi Osaka, number 1 in the world, in this case because of the withdrawal of her rival.

Konta, born in Eastbourne 27 years ago, will look for her first title of the year and fourth of her career, against Czech Karolina Pliskova. The number 7 of the WTA ranking won by a double 6-4 to the Greek María Sakkari. Pliskova took revenge for the defeat that Sakkari inflicted on him last year in Rome, in a duel corresponding to the second round, and won in one hour and 27 minutes, to look for his second title of the year after Brisbane on Sunday.

The Czech player, who won 12 titles in her career, was behind 1-3 in the first set, before reacting, breaking twice to the Greek and taking advantage with a 6-4. Sakkari had three break balls at the beginning of the second set to balance the match, but his opponent managed to cancel them and made a solitario "break" in the tenth game to sentence the game with another 6-4.

Su rival in the final of this Sunday , Konta, only won one of the six precedents before Pliskova, who beat her in Prerov 2011, Nottingham 2013, Birmingham 2015, Indian Wells 2016 and in Eastborne 2016 and 2017.

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