Johanna Konta reached her first final of the season by outlasting Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 7-6 (7) on Friday in the semifinals of the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem at Rabat, Morocco.
The win over the fourth-seeded Tomljanovic gives the seventh-seeded Brit four consecutive victories on a clay-court surface for the first time since 2008. She will face sixth-seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece in the title match.
Sakkari, 23, knocked off eighth-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium 6-4, 6-4 to reach her second career WTA singles final and first of this season.
This will be the second meeting between Konta and Sakkari. Konta, 27, won the first, 6-4, 6-1 in the first round of Wimbledon in 2017.
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Switzerland qualifier Jil Teichmann pulled off a resounding upset by dispatching ninth-seeded Czech Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-0 at Prague, Czech Republic, to reach her first career WTA final.
Teichmann hit 22 winners and won the final seven games of the match. She needed just 76 minutes to finish off Strycova.
The 21-year-old Teichmann will face another first-time finalist in Czech wild card Karolina Muchova, who recorded a 6-2, 7-5 win over American Bernarda Pera.
Muchova, 22, completed her win over Pera in 92 minutes.
–Field Level Media