Great Britain’s Johanna Konta advanced to the final of the China Open in Beijing after a 7-6 4-6 6-4 victory over American Madison Keys.
Keys had edged out Petra Kvitova in a brilliant contest 24 hours earlier, but the world number eight struggled to replicate that high level against the consistent Konta, giving up 47 unforced errors in the 2 hours and 30 mins encounter.
Konta took the first set after dominating the tie break, but Keys hit back to take the second, before engineering an early break of serve in the decider.
Konta however refused to go away, breaking back immediately and creating several other opportunities on the Keys serve.
The big-serving American hung in there, but she eventually cracked at 4-5, giving up the match when she dumped one final forehand into the net.
Konta thus advanced to the biggest final of her career, and with it, she will move into the top 10 in the world when the rankings are updated on Monday. She is the first British woman to break into the top 10 since Jo Durie in 1984.
The 25-year-old will play Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in Sunday’s final, after Radwanska took out Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 7-6 6-3 in the second semi-final.