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Australian Open: Konta eyes childhood dream after setting up Serena clash

Jan 23, 2017 20:55 IST
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Johanna Konta earned the chance to fulfill a childhood dream when she advanced to an Australian Open quarter-final contest against Serena Williams by dismantling Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 6-4 on Monday. The 25-year-old ninth seed, Britain’s last hope of a singles title after Andy Murray and Dan Evans were bundled out on Sunday, took 69 minutes to send her Russian opponent packing in temperatures approaching 35 degrees Celsius. It secured her a first meeting with 22-times grand slam champion Williams, who won the first of her six Melbourne Park crowns when Konta was an 11-year-old growing up in the Sydney suburbs. (Video courtesy: SNTV)