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Bank of the West Classic: Konta stuns Venus for maiden WTA title in Stanford

Bank of the West Classic top seed Venus Williams

British third seed Johanna Konta celebrated her first WTA Tour final appearance with a three-set win over former world number one Venus Williams at the Bank of the West Classic.

Konta, 25, went from a set and 4-1 up in the second, to contesting a decider against the top-seeded American, but she regained her composure to secure a 7-5 5-7 6-2 victory in Stanford on Sunday.

After rallying to force a third set, Williams lost her way in the decider as she was denied a 50th WTA title.

Playing in her first final, Konta was not overawed by the 36-year-old seven-time grand-slam champion, breaking Williams for a 2-1 lead.

Williams held off Konta in the ninth game to make the Brit serve for the first set and she the converted the second of two break points to level at 5-5.

Konta broke straight back, however, as she served out the set 7-5, before taking control of the second.

She broke twice in the opening five games for a commanding 4-1 lead, though Williams refused to surrender, recovering both breaks to tie things up at 4-4 as nerves kicked in.

Williams then held serve before leveling the match after breaking again, with Konta looking out of sorts.

But after a marathon opening game, Konta proved too good as she slowly weighed Williams down, going up a double break, a lead she never relinquished, despite almost being broken on three occasions as she served out the match.


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