AAP Tennis

Konta beats Bertens to reach final in Rome

By AAP Newswire

Johanna Konta has rallied past sixth-seeded Kiki Bertens 5-7 7-5 6-2 in nearly three hours to reach the Italian Open final for the biggest clay-court result of her career.

Konta's only previous final on clay came recently in Rabat, Morocco, where she lost the title match to Maria Sakkari.

Saturday's result will give the British player even more confidence entering the French Open, which starts next weekend.

Bertens was coming off the Madrid Open title last week.

In Sunday's final, Konta will face either fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova or Sakkari.