Konta becomes first British woman in 32 years to reach world top 10


Britain's Johanna Konta has made the final of the Chinese Open, breaking into the top 10 of the world tennis rankings in the process.

Konta, the 11th seed, becomes the first British woman in 32 years to break into the top 10 after beating American eighth seed Madison Keys 7-6 (7/1) 4-6 6-4 in Beijing - in a hard-fought match which lasted more than two-and-a-half hours.

Johanna Konta of Britain, left, shakes hands with Madison Keys of the United States
Konta (left) conceded 32 unforced errors in the match, in comparison to Keys's 47 (Andy Wong/AP)

The last British woman to make tennis' top 10 was Jo Durie, who reached number five in 1984. This is another mantle Konta has taken from the 1980s player, after she became the first British woman to reach a grand slam semi-final at the Australian Open since Durie earlier this year.

Jo Durie playing in 1983
Durie reached two grand slam semi-finals in 1983, and the Wimbledon quarters in 1984 (Don Morley/EMPICS Sport)

There was no hard feelings for Durie, though, and she was quick to offer her best wishes to the British number one - she thinks there's more to come from the 25-year-old too.

Reaching the final also brings Konta a step closer to making the WTA Finals later this month, by moving her into the top eight of the Road to Singapore.

On Sunday's final, Konta said in her on-court interview on BT Sport: "It's pretty special. I'm just enjoying being here, I'm just trying to prolong it as long as possible and I feel very, very blessed to be coming back tomorrow to play in the final."

Radwanska celebrates in her semi-final
Konta faces world number three Agnieszka Radwanska in the final round (Andy Wong/AP)

In a tough bid to win the second WTA title of her career, Konta will face Poland's third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in tomorrow's final, who beat Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 in the previous round.