Konta blows away Kasatkina
British No.1 Johanna Konta is through to semi-finals of a WTA event for the second time in successive tournaments after defeating Daria Kasatkina in Sydney.
The 25-year-old has started the year in good form after reaching the last four of the Shenzhen Open last week and has not let her surprise defeat to Russia’s Katerina Siniakova in China effect her confidence.
Against another youngster in Kasatkina, who had defeated world No.1 Angelique Kerber in the previous round, Konta made no mistake this time, mastering the windy conditions en route to a 6-3 7-5 victory.
Konta broke the 19-year-old five times during the match and maintained her record of having not dropped a set in Sydney this week.
Konta will not have been happy with 31 unforced errors during the one hour and 42 minutes she spent on court but the blustery conditions are likely to have played a big part in any struggles she did have.
Victory for the sixth seed sets up a meeting with Canadian world No.49 Eugenie Bouchard in the semi-finals after she disposed off Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets earlier in the day.
Konta is 4/7 to defeat Bouchard, while the former world No.5 is 11/8.
Konta's good form in Sydney should bode well for the Australian Open next week as the world No.10 seeks to better her run to the semi-finals in Melbourne last year.
Konta is 14/1 to win the Australian Open.
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