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Johanna Konta recovers from fall to upset Angelique Kerber at Aegon Classic

01 July, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Wimbledon | Kerber’s place at the top is under threat

Johanna Konta denied she had been seeking revenge as she eased to victory over Romania's Sorana Cirstea at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

"I played her many times", said Konta, who beat Pliskova in their most recent meeting, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (2) in Beijing last fall.

World No7 Konta converted her fourth match point to prevail 6-3, 6-4 but not before a stoppage of nearly 10 minutes which saw the 26-year-old receive treatment following an awkward fall on the baseline.

"I slipped and hit my head and it's a bit sore". 'Next week is Wimbledon but I made this decision based on looking after my health, regardless of what tournament is coming up.

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"I didn't sleep too well but I heard that's normal".

"Right now my priority is to look after myself, quite honestly". That's the most important thing.

Konta will be a player to watch throughout Wimbledon, as she's expected to enter as a top-10 player.

No.4 Elina Svitolina vs. No.44 Ashleigh Barty: This match-up could result in the first significant exit of the tournament, and could pave the way to a Kvitova or Konta run to the semifinals. "She'll definitely be feeling fresh tomorrow compared to me, but at the same time, I'm pleased to have gotten a great match in today".

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"I'm okay", Konta said afterward. The Latvian, certainly the most powerful of the two, was striking the ball ferociously and seemed comfortable as she built up an early 3-1 lead, though some more aggressive play by Konta saw the Brit break back to even things up in the opening set.

Konta had also impressed on Thursday in defeating Kerber on the same afternoon as reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Wozniacki, the former No. 1 now ranked sixth, will bid for her first title of the year in her fourth final. "At the end of the match I was focusing point-by-point and go for it if I had the chance, and I'm happy I'm through".

"I am calling this a second career", the 27-year-old Czech said at the WTA players' party in London.

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Britain's number one tennis player Johanna Konta had an eventful day on Thursday. "So I am really grateful that I am still here and to live the moment".

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