Johanna Konta French Open semi-final opponent reveals inspiration as she seeks success | Tennis | Sport


Marketa Vondrousova made her Major debut at Roland Garros in 2017 – the year the unseeded Latvian, who turned 20 during the tournament, became the first unseeded champion here since 1933.

And the unseeded Czech leftie, who is now 19, said: “She did an amazing thing. She was the same age as me.

“It’s very tough to win seven matches in a row. It’s like a dream now, and I’m just very happy.”

Vondrousova won her first Grand Slam quarter-final against Petra Martic after losing her previous four matches to the Croat – and needing four match points after serving a nervy double fault on her second.

Her record since the Australian Open is now 26-5 – the best on the women’s tour.

One of those defeats came to Konta in Rome last month on clay although the Czech won on the hardcourts at Indian Wells last year.

“I played with her twice,” said Vondrousova.

“I won one time and I lost in Rome, like, three weeks ago.

“She has great form and it’s going to be a tight, tough match, but we’ll see. I hope I can beat her again.

“I know I think it’s going to be very tough and great match, and I just can’t wait to play.”

Vondrousova, who chose to play tennis over football and idolises Roger Federer, Petra Kvitova and Kim Clijsters, wears a visor which fell off mid-rally against Martic and caused play to be stopped.

“I’m doing it since I was a kid – it’s my thing,” she said.

“I don’t like caps. But that was the first time I have ever knocked off my visor with my racquet.”

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