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Konta looking for historic final place

June 4th, 2019 Home, Media & Journalism, News & Events, Press Release, Tennis

Johanna Konta is looking to become the first British female to reach a Grand Slam final in 40 years.

Britain were last represented by a woman in a major final by Virginia Wade – at Wimbledon, back in 1977 – the year before the last finalist at Roland Garros can be found in the shape of Sue Barker, who won in 1976.

But looking back, British women have a proud history in Paris – especially in comparison to the men. Only five British men have ever made the finals in the French capital, compared to nine women – including eight victories on the clay.

British Female Finalists at the French Open
Kathleen McKane Godfree 1925
Eileen Bennett Whittingstall 1928
Betty Nuthall 1931
Margaret Scriven 1933 (win) 1934 (win)
Angela Mortimer 1955 (win) 1956
Shirley Brasher 1957 (win) 1958
Christine Truman 1959 (win)
Ann Haydon-Jones 1961 (win) 1963 1966 (win) 1968 1969
Sue Barker 1976 (win)

Konta, British number one and seeded 26th, overcame American Sloane Stephens to move into the last four where she will face unseeded Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova, and she is favourite to make it to the final.

Konta will be playing in her third Grand Slam semi-final of her career, but she is yet to win one having lost in Australia in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017.

OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton commented: “Jo Konta has been brilliant in Paris, and now she is on the verge of a place in a final – although with Simona Halep looking for back to back titles, it will not be easy for her at Roland Garros.”

Selected odds:
Jo Konta to win French Open 7/2

*Odds correct at time of writing

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