Johanna Konta made short work of Eugenie Bouchard to take her place in the final of the Apia International Sydney on Thursday.
A devastating returning display enabled Konta to wrap up a 6-2, 6-2 win in little over an hour. In the final, Konta will face 2013 champion and No.2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska.
Konta’s victory completed a memorable night for Britain on the Ken Rosewall Arena, which began with Dan Evan’s upset of the top seed in the men’s draw, Dominic Thiem.
“Yeah, Dan Evans started it off and I’m just happy I was able to bring it home,” Konta said in her on-court interview. “[Radwanska’s] ben one of the best players for as long as I can remember, so she’s definitely doing something right.
“I’ve played her twice before. Lost twice. So hopefully I’ll do a better job tomorrow.”
Against Bouchard, Konta set the tone early on. In the third game she jumped on top of a respectable serve to capture a break, and while this advantage did not last long her relentless aggression soon began to overwhelm Bouchard. A crushing forehand brought a 3-2 lead before an even better stroke from the same wing left her serving for the set.
This she did, and as the run of unanswered games continued as the final loomed into view. Bouchard stopped the rot to get back on the scoreboard, but it was merely delaying the inevitable, Konta confidently serving out for a place in her third career final.