Head to heads are 1-1. The most recent was in September 2013 on a hard court.. Zhang won In 2 sets. Konta won at the US Open 2012 in 3 sets.
Their 12 month hard court stats favour Zhang in everything except service holds.
Konta reached the 4th round at last year’s US Open. Now she has gone one better. She does seem to be cool under the extra pressure that slams bring. She has beaten Venus and Makarova. Compared to her opponent who has had her fair share of luck, if the result was down to who deserves a semi final place more then Konta does.
Zhang has played some great tennis too but having got through the qualifying rounds she played an injured Halep, Cornet was fatigued and Keys was injured and in a great deal of pain. She struggled to deal with the Keys injury and actually went a break behind in the third set.
I was hoping for around 1.60 on Konta and I think the market opened around that price but it’s no surprise that she has been backed lower.
Zhang was considering retiring before this tournament. She had never won a match in a grand slam before this one.
I am going with Konta to win but I think it will be tight. Surely even Konta will be affected by nerves playing for her first slam semi final.
I will back Konta if she is broken first.