And then there were four…
The semi-final of the French Open gets finally gets underway on Friday after rain delays with the victors set to face each other in Saturday’s Roland Garros showpiece.
Johanna Konta v Marketa Vondrousova
The first semi-final of the ladies’ draw is something of a surprise but one that is well deserved on both parts.
British number one Johanna Konta has already overcome number 23 seed Donna Vekic and seventh seed Sloane Stephens in comprehensive fashion to become the first British lady to reach the last four of the competition since Jo Durie achieved the feat 1983.
Her opponent is unseeded teenage Marketa Vondrousova. Prior to the French Open, the 19-year-old had never gone beyond the fourth round in a grand slam event (2018 US Open) but is steadily improving after runner up spots on the WTA Tour this year.
Understandably, 26th seed Johanna Konta edges the betting with popular sportsbooks and the Brit has the experience of having been in two previous Grand Slam semi-finals.
The 28-year-old has also only once drop more than four games in the tournament and yet to be taken to a tie-breaker whereas Vondrousova lost eleven game in her narrow quarter-final victory.
Johanna Konta v Marketa Vondrousova head to head
The pair have met twice in competition and share a victory each.
However, the two met as recently as the Italian Open last month in the quarter-final and Johanna Konta claimed a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory on her way to the final.
Back Konta to use her experience to her advantage in a tight game with over 2.5 sets in the game at 11/8 with Unibet the way to go.
The stars appear to be aligning for Johanna Konta.
The has benefitted from extra rest due to the adverse weather on Wednesday meaning she is much fresher than whoever she may face in final.
With Simona Halep out of the way Konta will be feeling confident with good reason and is arguably the star attraction left in the draw.