Johanna Konta turns on style to progress to second week of French Open

• British No 1 beats Viktoria Kuzmova 6-2, 6-1 in third round
• Konta first British woman to reach last 16 since Jo Durie in 1983

Johanna Konta’s feet of clay are no more. Before this season Roland Garros was her dusty ochre graveyard, whatever her protestations to the contrary. However, as the light faded over the lovely new garden court named in honour of a long-ago French champion, Simonne Mathieu, Konta, standing tall and hitting freely, blitzed the Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova in less than an hour to reach the fourth round, the first British woman to go this deep here since Jo Durie 36 years ago.

Durie, who went on to reach the semi-finals in 1983, was ecstatic. “What a great performance,” she said. “Anything is possible now.”

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