Konta makes China semis

Konta makes China semis

British number one Johanna Konta is through to the China Open semi-finals after a 6-4 6-0 victory over Zhang Shuai.

The 25-year-old recovered from falling 4-0 down in the first set to claim the next 12 games and defeat world number 36 Zhang for the second in a week after also beating her at the Wuhan Open.

American eighth seed Madison Keys is Konta's opponent in the semi-finals, where the Briton will be desperate for another win as she looks to qualify for the season-ending WTA finals in Singapore later this month.

The event, which starts on October 23, sees the top eight players in the world play-off and Konta currently sits in 10th place on the list ahead of next week's Hong Kong Open.

Ukrainian 16th seed Elina Svitolina is also through to the semi-final stage in China and will face either Agnieszka Radwanska or Yaroslava Shvedova in her last-four clash.

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