Konta beat Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva to set up the match against Williams in Rome

Britain’s Johanna Konta was knocked out by Venus Williams in the last 16 of the Italian Open in Rome.

The 26-year-old world number six recovered form a set down to level but American Williams, 36, dominated the final set to win 6-1 3-6 6-1.

Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, faces either Julia Gorges or Garbine Muguruza in the quarter-finals.

Konta had reached the third round with a straight-set win over Yulia Putintseva after a first-round bye.

More to follow.


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