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Konta vs Tomljanovic WTA Rabat Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Konta contests first clay-court semi-final

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 2 May 2019
  • Johanna Konta vs Ajla Tomljanovic is live from Rabat on Friday, 3 May from 2:00pm local time/ 2:00pm BST
  • Konta leads 2-1 on head-to-head
Johanna Konta (PA Sport)

British No. 1, Johanna Konta contests her first ever clay-court semi-final when she takes on Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic- who is looking to reach back-to-back Rabat finals- on Friday.

Konta is also through to her first semi-final of the season, after coming through a trio of tough three-setters in a in Rabat.

The former world No. 4 saved three match points in her tournament opener against China's Yafan Wang, battling back from a set, 5-6, 0-40 down to win 4-6 7-6 6-4, while she needed three more sets, and two more hours to get past Ana Bogdan in the second round, despite being 6-1 4-1 up.

Konta survived another two-hour three-setter in her quarter final against Su-Wei Hsieh, battling back from being blown away in the first set tie break to pull off a 6-7 6-4 6-4 victory. Propelled by 48 winners, Konta finished the second and third sets strongly, winning three of the last four games in each set to dig out the win.

It's been a tough year and a half for Konta, who enjoyed a stellar opening half to 2017, winning titles in Sydney and Miami, and reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon, peaking at No. 4 in the world in the process, but she went downhill in the final months that season, suffering five opening round defeats in her next six tournaments, and ending the year prematurely due to injury.

Konta never really got going in 2018- she reached a final in Nottingham and squeezed in a semi-final in Moscow at the end of the year, but that was as good as it got for the Brit, who ended the year at No. 37 in the world.

Her average form continued through the first four months of 2019, with her best results being quarter finals in Acapulco, and third round at Indian Wells, but she has put together three successive wins for the first time this season in Rabat, and will now attempt to reach her first final since last June when she plays Tomljanovic on Friday.

After missing most of 2016 due to a shoulder injury, Tomljanovic has been on the move in the last couple of seasons, battling back to 118th in the world by the end of 2017, and securing her first ever top-50 finish in 2018. 

Apart from making the final in Rabat, where she was runner-up to Elise Mertens, she reached another final in Seoul (lost to Kiki Bertens), and ended the year at 46th in the rankings, having peaked at 43rd during the season. 

The 29-year-old has already made one final in 2019, in Hua Hin, where she fell to Dayana Yastremska to slip to 0-4 in WTA title matches. Her season has also included a quarter final in Brisbane, while she made the third round in Miami and Charleston. It's been far from plain sailing, of course, as she suffered first round exits in Sydney, Melbourne, Doha, Dubai and Istanbul.

Tomljanovic has dropped just the one set in reaching the Rabat semi-finals, against Timea Bacsinszky in the second round, (she won 6-4 1-6 6-2); either side of that, she defeated Fiona Ferro 6-4 6-4 in the first round, and took out Swede, Rebecca Peterson in the quarter finals, setting up Friday's meeting with Konta.

Tomljanovic and Konta will face off for the third time this year, with Konta leading the overall head-to-head 2-1. The former world No. 4 was a 4-6 6-1 6-4 victor in their first encounter in Brisbane last season, but Tomljanovic evened the series a year later, winning 6-2 7-6 at the same venue in 2019. Konta however took the lead again at the Australian Open, battling to a 7-6 2-6 7-6 victory over the local favourite.

Both players are naturally aggressive, meaning there will be quite a few winners flying around Rabat on Friday, but with that aggressive game style comes the tendency to produce lots of errors. It will likely come down to whoever finds that balance between aggression and control, and Tomljanovic, being a finalist last season, and the player that has been in the better form, heads into this one as a slight favourite in my opinion.

Johanna Konta vs Ajla Tomljanovic is live from Rabat on Friday, 3 May from 2:00pm local time/ 2:00pm BST

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Konta vs Tomljanovic WTA Rabat Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Konta contests first clay-court semi-final

Johanna Konta contests her first ever tour-level clay-court semi-final when she takes on Ajla Tomljanovic in Rabat on Friday. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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