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Johanna Konta aims to go ‘two steps further’ as she targets French Open title

• Konta is in her third semi-final of a grand slam
• ‘I will use my experience to deal with the challenge’

Johanna Konta, playing the best tennis of her career, is two wins away from being the first British champion at the French Open since Sue Barker 43 years ago but she is determined to stick to the low-key attitude that has transformed her season – and possibly her career.

On day 10 of the championships, she destroyed the world No 7 and 2018 Paris finalist Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-4 in 71 minutes on a hot and dusty Court Philippe Chatrier to reach the semi-finals. She later downplayed a performance that the seven-times Roland Garros champion Chris Evert described as “one of the best clay-court matches ever”.

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