Johanna Konta fails to make British Grand Slam history after French Open loss

Johanna Konta could become the first British woman to win a Grand Slam since 1977. Credit: AP

Johanna Konta has failed in her bid to become the first British woman to get to a tennis Grand Slam final since 1977.

The British number one was soundly beaten by 7-5 7-6 (7-2) by Czech teenager Markéta Vondroušová in the French Open.

Vondroušová, world number 38 before heading into Roland Garros this week, will play either eigth seed Ashleigh Barty or 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova - with none of the remaining women having ever made a Grand Slam semi-final before this tournament.

The wait for a female British grand slam winner continues, as not since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in the Silver Jubilee year 42 years ago has a Brit made the final of a slam.

Konta contested her third grand slam semi-final, having lost all of her prior matches.

Friday's game represented a real chance for her to win a grand slam should she have made it through, having been the most experienced player left at the French Open.

Konta has never made a grand slam final before. Credit: AP

Prior to this year's tournament, Konta had lost all four first-round matches at Roland Garros but had found form on clay this season, with a run to the final of the WTA event in Rome.

While Vondrousova remains a relatively new name on the scene, she has been the most in-form player since the Australian Open and is yet to drop a set at the tournament.