January 21, 2018

Watson and Konta on fire as they make some history

01 July 2017, 12:52 | Marlene Fleming

Simona Halep – 2017 WTA Aegon International

Simona Halep – 2017 WTA Aegon International

Konta, set to become the first British woman ranked in the world's top 10 at Wimbledon since 1984, had to rally from a break down in the deciding set to end her opponent's eight-match winning streak.

Watson, who goes into Wimbledon as a wildcard entry, will now face former world No1 Caroline Wozniacki in the last four.

Johanna Konta made her third consecutive quarterfinal at the Aegon International in her hometown of Eastbourne, battling past French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 in a thrilling third round contest.

"I slipped and hit my head and it's a bit sore". Next week is Wimbledon but I make decisions for my health. "I didn't sleep too well, but we made the decision as late as possible to see how things developed this morning, but I just felt that it wasn't quite right". "I know how tough it is to win a grand slam, so I'm not really seeing myself as one of the favourites right now", Kvitova, 27, said.

"And I do see things differently, not only tennis, but moments in the life when I realised it is much more nicer than I saw it before".

For a woman who had just pulled out of a semi-final due to a bone-jarring fall, Johanna Konta could have done without the Wimbledon draw depositing a banana skin in her path.

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Rain earlier in the week required players to play two matches today to get the schedule back on track.

If Konta beats Kerber, who overcame Spain's Lara Arruabarrena 6-2 6-1, Romanian Simona Halep could take the world number one ranking by reaching the final. But her encouraging run on the south coast was halted and ended British interest at Devonshire Park as she was beaten 6-2 3-6 7-5 by Wozniacki.

She faces Belgium's little-known Maryna Zanevska there in the opening round, and of her form in Eastbourne said: "I'm pleased".

"She is a good player, has a great volley, mixes it up and serves well on grass, so a lot of credit to her".

"I played (Pliskova) in the semis a year ago and I have had many tough battles against her". Angelique Kerber, the world No 1, heads the top half, though the player most likely to emerge from that section is Karolina Pliskova, the world No 3 and a proven performer on grass. "Wherever she plays she's kind of on edge", said Shriver, speaking on behalf of ESPN.

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