Australian Open 2016: Andy Murray, Johanna Konta Move Into Semi-Finals


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For the first time since 1977, Britain have two Grand Slam singles semi-finalists  after
victories for Johanna Konta and Andy Murray at the Australian Open.

Konta continued her remarkable run with a 6-4 6-1 win over China’s Zhang Shuai in the
quarter-finals and next faces German seventh seed Angelique Kerber.

Andy Murray saw off Spain’s David Ferrer 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-3 to reach his sixth Melbourne semi-final. Murray, seeded second, will play Canada’s Milos Raonic on Friday.

Konta and Murray have matched the achievement of semi-finalist Sue Barker and runner-up John Lloyd, who both reached the last four at the Australian Open 39 years ago.

“I’m just so happy that I’m enjoying what I’m doing,” said Konta after her straight-set win
over Zhang. “That is me living my dream.”

Konta, ranked 47th, is the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Jo Durie made the US Open last four in 1983.

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