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Johanna Konta errors hand French Open semi-final to Vondroušová

• British No 1 knocked out in straight sets, 7-5, 7-6 (2)
• Konta squandered three points at 5-3 to take first set

Johanna Konta failed to give the record books one more nudge here on Friday, twice blowing a 5-3 lead against the most talented teenager in tennis, Markéta Vondroušová, who held her composure to win 7-5, 7-6 (2) and earn a place in the final of the French Open against the Australian Ashleigh Barty.

“It wasn’t a pretty match, but this player had the most guts,” was the spot-on verdict of seven-time champion, Chris Evert. Konta, who played brilliantly in her previous two matches, tightened up under pressure and paid the price for 41 unforced errors in the hour and 45 minutes it lasted in a steady drizzle on the new Court Simonne Mathieu.

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