Nature Valley Open: Johanna Konta reaches semi-final as Katie Boulter loses

Johanna Konta
Britain's Johanna Konta beat compatriot Heather Watson en route to the semi-finals in Nottingham

British number one Johanna Konta beat Dalila Jakupovic at the Nature Valley Open to reach her first semi-final since last year's Wimbledon.

Fourth seed Konta beat the 118th-ranked Slovenian 6-4-6-2 to set up a semi-final meeting with Donna Vekic.

Vekic beat Konta in last year's final in Nottingham, but Konta overcame the Croat during her run at Wimbledon.

Fellow Briton Katie Boulter, however, fell to a straight-set quarter-final defeat by top seed Ashleigh Barty.

Australian Barty needed just 59 minutes to wrap up a 6-0 6-2 victory over the British number four.

Barty will play either Japan's Naomi Osaka or Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu in the last four.

Konta, playing in strong winds, trailed Jakupovic 3-1 in the first set, but rallied to close out the set in 45 minutes.

The two traded breaks to begin the second set, but Konta won the final four games to secure victory.

"I had never played her before so there was always going to be an adjustment period for me," Konta, 27, told Eurosport.

"It was tricky out here again."

Elsewhere, Britain's Harriet Dart lost her Manchester Trophy quarter-final 6-4 6-3 to Belgium's Ysaline Bonaventure.

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