Teenager Vondrousova rallies past Konta into French Open final
- Johanna Konta took control of both sets of her French Open semi-final but wasted big chances as teenager Marketa Vondrousova prevailed.
Marketa Vondrousova continued her incredible French Open run by becoming the first teenager to reach the Roland Garros final in 12 years, piling more semi-final misery on Johanna Konta.
The 19-year-old made it to the last four without dropping a set and sensationally extended that record despite twice trailing by a break in a 7-5 7-6 (7-2) win.
Vondrousova becomes the first teenaged finalist at the French Open since Ana Ivanovic in 2007 and the first in any grand slam since Caroline Wozniacki at the 2009 US Open.
She will face Ashleigh Barty in the showpiece clash in Paris after Amanda Anisimova, even younger at 17, fell short on Friday.
For Konta, who had not won a main-draw match at Roland Garros heading into this tournament, this was another semi-final disappointment to rank alongside defeats at the Australian Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017.
Despite her run of straight-sets victories, Vondrousova had been broken at least once in each prior contest and made a dismal start as Konta sent a stunning backhand down the line to immediately break to love.
Konta won the first 10 points, but Vondrousova recovered to hold in her second service game and then levelled the set at the fifth attempt thanks to a double fault.
Momentum continued to swing back and forth, with Konta edging back in front before squandering a pair of set points on Vondrousova's serve – costly errors as the Czech star tied up the opener again in the next game.
And Vondrousova's lob over an off-balance Konta on break point secured the set.
Konta quickly led in the second but, after a series of more straightforward games, she again lacked composure when serving for the set, her double fault bringing Vondrousova back level.
The 28-year-old battled into a tie-break but was always on the back foot and a stunning, stretching forehand from Vondrousova put her two mini-breaks up at 5-2, allowing her to serve her way into the final.
Marketa Vondrousova bt Johanna Konta  7-5 7-6 (7-2)
Vondrousova - 21/22
Konta - 33/41
Vondrousova - 1/5
Konta - 3/2
BREAK POINTS WON
Vondrousova - 4/9
Konta - 3/7
FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Vondrousova - 68
Konta - 70
PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Vondrousova - 65/60
Konta - 54/60
Vondrousova - 84
Konta - 74