Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated a exhausted Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday to advance to the Sydney International final against Johanna Konta.
Eyebrows had been raised at the end of previous year when Konta parted company with her coach, Esteban Carril, after the most successful season of her life, after which she was named the most improved player of 2016 by the Women's Tennis Association.
However, the Czech finally got onto the scoreboard when she got back one of the breaks to keep herself in the set and lessen the deficit. Radwanska said that she couldn't say that she did something wrong.
The Westmount, Que., native lost her semifinal match 6-2, 6-2 to Konta, who advanced to Friday's final against Agnieszka Radwanska.
"She has been one of the best players for as long as I can remember", said Konta.
The one-time Wimbledon finalist, who has won her past six finals on tour, has impressed in Melbourne throughout her career but has never reached the final.
On her first match point Konta put an attempted drop shot into the net, but she made no mistake on the second, which she converted with an ace.
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Defeated by Agnieszka Radwanska in her last WTA Tour final appearance, Johanna Konta gained her revenge at the Sydney International.
On Thursday, Bouchard, who was trying to win three matches in a row for the first time in almost a year, was overwhelmed by Konta's groundstrokes and strong return of serve.
Konta started strongly and a forehand volley earned her a break and a 2-1 lead in the first, an advantage she would not relinquish, holding to love to seal the first set when Radwanska sent a return wide.
Meanwhile, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki's streak of not advancing past the quarter-finals in her past seven Sydney Internationals was extended in stifling heat.
"Overall I was very happy with the match I played today".
The victory serves as ideal preparation for Konta ahead of the Australian Open, and the 25-year-old will start the tournament ranked nine in the world.
"I have been in a very fortunate position, being in lots of situations between past year at Melbourne and now", Konta said after her win in Sydney. Radwanska continued to stroll through the start of the encounter as she consolidated the break of service with a comfortable hold of serve which extended and affirmed her lead in the scoreboard.