Karolina Pliskova and Johanna Konta out of WTA Charleston Championship

Raducanu is the first woman into the last four of the hard court tournament in Charleston since Dinara Safina in 2005 US Open champion Karolina Pliskova and British number one Johanna Konta crashed out…

Karolina Pliskova and Johanna Konta out of WTA Charleston Championship

Raducanu is the first woman into the last four of the hard court tournament in Charleston since Dinara Safina in 2005

US Open champion Karolina Pliskova and British number one Johanna Konta crashed out of the WTA tournament in Charleston, South Carolina.

World number seven Pliskova lost 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 to Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals, and Konta lost to Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 7-5.

Evgeniya Rodina, the world number 30, beat Pliskova in three sets to reach the semis.

Four-time champion Venus Williams beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the quarter-finals.

Evgeniya Rodina beat Karolina Pliskova in three sets to reach the semi-finals

Williams reached the semis with a 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) win, winning the tie-break after an hour-and-45 minutes.

The American is the third oldest semi-finalist in the history of the event, a WTA event that is part of the WTA Tour but is staged in the US for most of the year.

Konta, 24, had hoped to become the first British player in 18 years to reach the semi-finals, and last year’s runner-up had the opportunity to tie up a place in the last four with a victory.

But Makarova, who leads the head-to-head 3-1, broke to open the deciding set and soon led 5-1.

Konta, who struggled with the swirling winds, saved four match points and had one service break chance. Makarova sealed the victory on her fifth chance.

The tournament, which concludes on Thursday, will likely have no British representation if Johanna Konta can not beat Elena Vesnina in her quarter-final.

Raducanu reaches US Open semis

Italy’s Raducanu was making her WTA Tour Finals debut in Washington

Italy’s world number 39 will be the first woman to reach the US Open semi-finals since Dinara Safina in 2005.

Raducanu, 30, beat Belinda Bencic 6-3 6-7 (7-5) 6-2 in an epic three-hour match on Wednesday to reach the last four in Charleston.

Belinda Bencic had beaten Venus Williams en route to the last eight

She will next face American Sloane Stephens, who is defending her title from last year.

Stephens beat Vandeweghe 6-4 6-4 in the second quarter-final.

British number three Aljaz Bedene lost his fourth successive match in as many matches to Bradley Klahn, going down 6-1 6-1.

Sloane Stephens beat Aljaz Bedene to win the 2016 US Open title

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