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From Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows
By edging an erratic match against Czech seed Karolina Pliskova johanna Konta attained the US Open quarter-finals for the first time.
Konta, 28, fought back from a set and 3-1 down to win 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 7-5.
She’ll confront Elina Svitolina from the last eight after the Ukrainian fifth seed beat Madison Keys 7-5 6-4.
“I’ve been in the round twice before so attaining the quarter-finals is a large achievement for me,” explained the British number one.
“The key was to continue, with Karolina you understand there’ll be massive portions of the match where I don’t feel powerful.
“It is about staying there and trusting that the basic things. It was a excellent match and I am so pleased.”
Before writing herself to punish an Pliskova at Flushing 20, the seed missed chances. The Czech served 16 specialists and won 77 percent of things on her first serve but nine double faults sabotaged these statistics and a second serve which earned her just seven points.
Konta continued to trust her skill against the equally strong Pliskova, landing 45 winners that proved to be a differential and outnumbered her unforced errors and has been hitting clean groundstrokes all tournament.
Konta, who is the first woman to get to the quarter-finals at New York since Jo Durie in 1983, has made the last eight at all four Grand Slams.
Before this season, she even reached Wimbledon quarter-finals along with the French Open semi-finals.
On emulating Durie, Konta said:”I am quite pleased with this and, even more especially, this season to make it three quarter-finals in successive Grand Slams is a huge achievement.
“I will enjoy this but I have to keep looking forward and try to go one, a few steps farther.”
Konta will face 24-year-old Svitolina, who enjoyed a win over seed and 2017 Keys at the night session match in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“It is going to be another fantastic battle,” said Svitolina, who boasts a 3-0 winning record against Konta.
Konta, supported by actor Tom Hiddleston in her player box, started against an opponent who had won six of the seven previous meetings.
She proceeded to create more chances as the tall Czech struggled to land first serves, enabling Konta to dismantle Pliskova serve on her way and broke to love from the first game.
Pliskova rallied to conserve all them and it looked likely to prove costly for Konta after her support game – that she had dropped in her past three games – disintegrated.
Konta didn’t land a first serve as she tried to see the opener in 5-4 out, paying off the cost as the Czech rediscovered her weapon to rather spend the advantage.
Pliskova looked in control as she won eight out of 10 things together with the game starting to turn into ragged of Konta and broke into the first game of the second set.
But, following two successive breaks were traded by the pair, momentum changed back to Konta, who won five games in a row to choose an engrossing match into a decider.
Konta had won 16 of her 19 three-set matches and appeared set to improve that tally when a service game from Pliskova, which featured three errors and a double fault, abandoned the Briton serving for the match.
As when she served for the very first group, nerves seemed to take hold and Pliskova threatened to level by bringing fracture point up. Konta, however, composed herself down the road.
After missing a first game point, she reset to win at the next opportunity if 27-year-old Pliskova – still searching for a maiden Grand Slam title herself – struck to go down in two hours and 20 minutes.
“It was important to not panic or worry,” Konta mentioned about fighting back from a set and a break .
“I was doing a lot of good things out there and I kept into perspective I was playing the number three player on earth.
“I was pleased with everything I was doing in that first set, though I wasn’t able to come through, and I certainly felt there was a great deal for me to build on.
“I trust in my ability to create more opportunities and I was able to do that.”
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller at Flushing Meadows
Johanna Konta won that match the tough way. Many could have escalated after dropping – particularly after being broken in a row.
But Konta appears to relish mixing it together with the elite, and comes with an outstanding record this year.
She’s won her previous four matches against top 10 players in Grand Slams – from Sloane Stephens twice, Petra Kvitova and today Karolina Pliskova.
The serve is the bedrock of her match, but she hit bravely and publicly once the match was up for grabs.
To have reached the final eight of all four Grand Slams is a mighty accomplishment, and she is only the 14th active player to have done so.
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