Konta makes semis, Wozniacki loses in Sydney

Sixth seed Johanna Konta of Britain reached the semi-finals of the Sydney International while Danish tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki was beaten in three sets on Wednesday.

Konta got past unseeded Russian Darya Kasatkina 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 42 minutes to set up a semi-final against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard.

In the first set, all three service breaks happened in the first four games. Konta started by holding her serve, breaking Kasatkina's, dropping her own and then claiming the Russian's again to lead 3-1. From there on things went with serve for the Brit to claim the opener 6-3.

The second set had a total of five service breaks, starting when both dropped serve in the opening two games and then again in the sixth and seventh games as Kasatkina led 4-3. The set proceeded on serve until the 11th game when Konta claimed the vital break and then held her own serve to win the set and match 7-5.

In an upset, the unseeded Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic beat tenth seed Wozniacki 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-4 in a match lasting 3 hours and 34 minutes with a total of 16 breaks of serve.

Canada's Bouchard reached the semi-final's with a comfortable straight set win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, going through 6-2, 6-3 with two service breaks in the opening set and one in the second to claim the victory.