Johanna Konta was ranked fourth in the world in 2017British number one Johanna Konta’s wait for a first WTA clay-court title continues after she lost to Karolina Pliskova in the Italian Open final.Czech world number seven Pliskova won 6-3 6-4 in one hour 25 minutes in Rome for her second title of the season.Konta, 28,…

Johanna Konta is currently projected to rise to number 26 in the world rankingsBritish number one Johanna Konta came from a set down against Kiki Bertens to reach the final of the Italian Open.Konta – who will be seeded at the French Open later this month – beat Dutch sixth seed Bertens 5-7 7-5 6-2…

Nadal first won the Italian Open title in 2005Defending champion and eight-time winner Rafael Nadal beat fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-0 to reach the Italian Open semi-finals.Nadal, who has lost in the semi-finals of his past four tournaments, came from 2-0 down to win in one hour 38 minutes.He next faces 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas,…

Konta has won three WTA titlesBritish number one Johanna Konta reached the Italian Open quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-4 win over Venus Williams – her second match of the day.Konta, 27, came from a set down to beat world number eight Sloane Stephens before overcoming seven-time Grand Slam winner Williams, now ranked 50th.Williams was hampered…

Serena Williams had not been in action since March and has only completed eight matches this yearTwenty three-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams plans to compete at the French Open despite withdrawing from the Italian Open with a knee injury.The American, 37, was set to play sister Venus Williams in the second round but said…

Roger Federer has missed the last two clay-court seasonsTwenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has criticised Italian Open organisers for doubling ticket prices after it was confirmed he would play.Federer, 37, is playing the clay-court season for the first time since 2016.The number three seed, who has a first-round bye and will begin his tournament…

Nick Kyrgios is ranked 36th in the world and won his fifth career title in Acapulco, Mexico in MarchUnseeded Nick Kyrgios moved into the second round of the Italian Open by beating 12th seed Daniil Medvedev.Australian Kyrgios, who produced underarm serves on a number of occasions, including the first point of the match, won 6-3…