Johanna Konta delighted with Wimbledon build-up despite injury scare

Konta battles past French Open champion Ostapenko to quarter-finals

Johanna Konta delighted with Wimbledon build-up despite injury scare

Johanna Konta slips during her women's singles quarter-finals match against Germany's Angelique Kerber at the ATP Aegon International tennis tournament.

By a quirk of the draw, Konta's first-round opponent is Hsieh Su-Wei, the 31-year-old Taiwanese who knocked her out of the French Open at the same stage last month.

But, following a stoppage of nearly 10 minutes, Konta recovered, earned a fourth match point, and finally prevailed when last year's Wimbledon runner-up found the net.

Wozniacki was leading head to head 4-1, and the two players faced each other already twice this year: in the Doha final Pliskova prevailed, in Miami Wozniacki took the revenge. In a year of general inconsistency on the WTA, Pliskova has arguably been the most consistent player, and it should be no surprise if she took her first Grand Slam title here.

"We made the decision based on the fact I'm still quite sore through my thoracic spine".

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'It's much better. It was most important to just make sure that I was well enough through the chain, and my body.

She later insisted she had been given the all-clear to continue competing in Eastbourne, against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, but yesterday morning pulled out because of the spine injury that requires rest. "I'm actually feeling not too bad". "I feel quite okay on grass".

Fellow Briton Heather Watson joined Konta in the tournament's last four after overpowering world No20 Barbora Strycova 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, having earlier defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3. That's a small advantage, but at the same time, I'm just excited to be in another finals this year.

The Dane's big-match experience told in the key moments of the third set, and she reached her fourth final of the year when Watson netted a forehand on Wozniacki's second match point. At times she has wondered whether the warmth has been genuine from all corners of the locker room, where rivalries can be intense, but she has decided that at the very least "most of it is".

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