Published: Sat, January 14, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Johanna Konta beats Agnieszka Radwanska to win Apia International

Johanna Konta beats Agnieszka Radwanska to win Apia International

Johanna Konta was born at Royal North Shore hospital and raised on Sydney's northern beaches but she will take the Sydney International title back to Britain.

Konta reached the semi-finals of her first tournament of the year in Shenzhen last week and has followed that up by winning five matches in Sydney without dropping a set.

The British number one wrapped up victory in little over an hour, while Radwanska had earlier dispatched Barbora Strycova 6-1 6-2 in the other semi.

"Overall I was very happy with the match I played today. I played her twice before, lost twice, so hopefully I'll do a better job".

Her first came mid a year ago, when she defeated Venus Williams at the Stanford Classic. It had been that way nearly from her first match.

Meanwhile, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki's streak of not advancing past the quarter-finals in her past seven Sydney Internationals was extended in stifling heat.

And the world number three had no answer to her opponent at the start of the second, Konta surging into a 4-0 lead. I really felt I definitely maintained a high level throughout and I made it very hard for her to do much today.

Konta has been in excellent form ahead of the Australian Open
Konta has been in excellent form ahead of the Australian Open

Clouder has been seen in the players' box during a number of Konta's matches.

Radwanska praised her opponent, saying: "She was just playing unbelievable tennis from the beginning until the end". Konta broke Kasatkina's service in the 11th game of the second set, helped by a double-fault to set up break point in that game.

"I'm really disappointed because I'm still not feeling well, and it is getting worse with playing more and more matches", Tsurenko said.

Konta avenged a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Radwanska in the Beijing final last fall.

Konta, who used to practice at the hosting Olympic park venue before leaving Australia for the United Kingdom aged thirteen, took her thoroughbred opponent by surprise with a perfectly executed all-out assault from the baseline. "I'm taking some more medications and really hope to be better in Melbourne". "There were a lot of chances I wasn't able to convert and that was pretty upsetting, but I was able to battle through it and find a way".

The final of the Hobart International will be between Monica Niculescu and Elise Mertens.

Top-seeded Kiki Bertens advanced with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan and Shelby Rogers defeated Lara Arruabarrena of Spain 6-2, 6-2.

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