Injured Konta forced to withdraw from semi-final — Eastbourne Tennis

Johanna Konta Aegon International Eastbourne

Eastbourne's Johanna Konta has withdrawn from her semi-final with an upper back injury after falling during yesterday's win over Angelique Kerber.

The Eastbourne tournament is the final tournament ahead of the Wimbledon Grand Slam tennis tournament, which will kick-off next week.

Frustration finally boiled over for Wozniacki, who missed a backhand then slammed her racquet to the turf facing triple break point in the ninth game.

Konta has shown the fortitude early on to emerge as a star throughout Wimbledon, but her road is a difficult one. The way Pliskova was serving, the break points seemed virtual match points. The former world number one was in cruise control as she gained the first hold of the match to lead 2-1. But medical experts claim that she must ensure the back joints remain flexible and not stiffen up.

However, as always Konta kept her cards close to her chest regarding Wimbledon. Firing her forehand down the line, Pliskova extended the lead to 5-3.

She then beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Barbora Strycova to get to this final.

"Definitely this feels better".

The pendulum swung and Halep got back on level terms with a hold to love at 5-5.

"I have played eight sets in a day and a half. But I kept grinding and kept digging in there and somehow managed to turn it around". "It was very close second set".

She dropped only five points on serve to take the first set in Eastbourne in 34 minutes.

Konta said of the scheduling: "It's definitely not an ideal situation".

The tournament will be televised by ESPN, ESPN 2 and ABC in the United States.

If she overcomes that hurdle, Konta is likely to face another player who has beaten her in the last month. Sometimes hearing her speak you believe she's been spending a little too much time with Juan Coto, her sports psychologist.

She looks to have a fairly gentle first week, but a fourth round tie against Kvitova was the draw that all of the seeds wanted to avoid.

Four of the last six finals have gone to three sets.

Johanna Konta, Britain's top ranked player, withdrew from the semifinals of the Aegon International on Friday with a thoracic spine injury following a slip and fall the day before in Eastbourne, England.


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