Johanna Konta falls to Venus Williams in three sets at Rome Masters


Last Updated: 18/05/17 5:27pm

Johanna Konta was unable to overcome Venus Williams despite fighting back to win the second set in Rome

Britain's Johanna Konta was knocked out of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia after succumbing to a three-set defeat to Venus Williams in Rome.

Williams, a seven-time major winner, outlasted Konta despite the British No 1 fighting back to take the second set only for the ninth seed to run away with the third eventually winning 6-1 3-6 6-1.

The American will next meet Garbine Muguruza, current French Open holder, in the quarter-finals after the Spanish world No 7 progressed past Germany's Julia Goerges 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday.

Simona Halep, the tournament's sixth seed beat Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 4-6 6-0 after overcoming a competitive second set loss to book a quarter-final meeting with qualifier Anett Kontaveit.

Estonia's Anett Kontaveit maintained her impressive run of results with another dominant display

Kontaveit backed up her impressive victory over world No 1 Angelique Kerber with another dominating performance in her resounding 6-1 6-1 victory over Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Elsewhere Daria Gavrilova surprised seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova over three sets winning 2-6 7-5 6-4.

The Australian will next meet in-form 15th seed Kiki Bertens who defeated Russia's Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 7-6 6-1 at Foro Italico.

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