Konta knocked out of Italian Open in last 16 by Venus Williams

British number one Johanna Konta lost to Venus Williams in the last 16 of the Italian Open in Rome.

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

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal reached the last eight of the men’s event by beating Jack Sock 6-4 6-3.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is also through after defeating Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-4 6-4.

However, world number three Stan Wawrinka suffered a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 loss to big-serving American John Isner.

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