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Jo Konta's Russian run halted by Daria Kasatkina in Kremlin Cup semi final

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Johanna Konta's run ended at the last four stage © Getty Images Johanna Konta's run ended at the last four stage

Johanna Konta's run in Russia was halted by Daria Kasatkina in the semi-finals of the Kremlin Cup.

The British No 1 was bidding to end a disappointing 2018 on a high with a first title of the year in her final event of the season in Moscow.

But 21-year-old Russian Kasatkina, the sixth seed, proved too strong in a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

a woman hitting a ball with a racket: Jo Konta, pictured in her quarter-final, has lost in the Kremlin Cup semi finals © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jo Konta, pictured in her quarter-final, has lost in the Kremlin Cup semi finals

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Konta was broken in her second service game and squandered two break points in the next as Kasatkina began to exert control.

Yet when Konta faced three set points on her own serve Kasatkina tightened up, allowing the former world number four to hold with a spectacular lob on the run.

In the next game Konta held three break points only to be pinned back to deuce, before Kasatkina gifted her the game with a double fault.

However, serving at 4-5 Konta was promptly broken again as world No 14 Kasatkina snatched the opening set.

The pair exchanged breaks at the start of the second set but Kasatkina grabbed the decisive break in the fourth game and put her foot down, winning nine successive points on her way to a 4-1 lead.

The home favourite closed out the match in one hour and 31 minutes to set up a meeting with Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur in the final.

Pictures: Konta and other athletes share their fitness tips (Harper's Bazaar)

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