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Australian Open: Konta - Serena Williams set up tantalizing quarter-final

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Australian born Brit Johanna Konta is the hottest player on the women's tour at present, and the 25 year old won her 9th consecutive match on Monday morning to book her place opposite Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

Konta, champion at the Sydney International a week before the Australian Open got underway, has not lost a set in those nine straight wins, and was in immaculate form as she steam rolled her way past Russian Ekaterina Makarova, 6-1, 6-4 in the fourth round for the second year running.


A semi-finalist last year, Konta will need to play her best tennis if she is to make it that far this year as standing between her and the last four is legendary American Serena Williams.

Williams was given a thorough workout in her fourth round clash with Czech 16th seed Barbora Strycova, coming back from a break down thrice in the opening set to win 7-5, 6-4.

Looking ahead to her first ever meeting with Serena, Konta said, "Believe it or not that's an incredible experience for me. She's one of the few players still playing who I watched growing up. As a young girl wanting to be a professional tennis player, it's an incredible honour and I can't wait to play on court with her.

"Once out on court, against anyone, anyone is out there to compete. Hopefully I'll come off as the winner. In terms of enjoying the opportunity and the competition, I will cherish every minute out there," she said.

Meanwhile, also advancing to the quarter-finals was 34 year old Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who couldn't hide her delight at making her first Grand Slam quarter-final appearance since Wimbledon 1999.

The veteran produced an incredible 35 winners to crush 21 year old American qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2. She will now face fifth seed Czech Karolina Pliskova who beat Australian Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-3.