Johanna Konta opened quarterfinal action at the 2019 French Open with immaculate serve stats to dispatch last year’s runner-up Sloane Stephens in quick fashion, 6-1 6-4.
The match started slowly, as the 27th-seeded Konta needed more than eight minutes to hold serve in the opening game, but overall the Brit eased through the first set, winning 17 out of 22 points on first serve.
In the second set, the seventh-seeded Stephens managed to win three games more than in the first set, but the impression was that Konta was even more ruthless, as she raced to a 5-3 lead by winning all her service games at love. Only when serving for the match did she concede one point to Stephens. So, in the second set Konta was perfect on her first serve and lost just one out of five points on her second serve. Unbelievable.
The world No.26 Konta is through to her first French Open semifinals, equaling her career-best Grand Slam result, the semifinals of the 2016 Australian Open and Wimbledon 2017.
For a place in the title match, Konta will face unseeded Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova, who snapped a four match losing streak against Petra Martic, edging the Croat 7-6(1) 7-5, this season’s most victorious player on clay, in a repeat of their recent Istanbul final.