Hopes for an all-British women’s final in Eastbourne were quickly dashed Friday when Johanna Konta withdrew from her semifinal match against Karolina Pliskova due to a spine injury she suffered during her win yesterday over Angelique Kerber.
“I obviously had a bit of a nasty fall yesterday,” said Konta. “So I made the decision based on the fact that I’m quite sore through my thoracic spine and just basically looking to make sure that I recover in the best way possible.
“Obviously next week is Wimbledon, but I made this decision according to my health, regardless of what tournament is coming up next week. 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.”
Konta will have a tough opener facing the woman who beat her at the French, Su-Wei Hseih on Monday.
“Right now my priority is to look after myself, quite honestly,” she added. “I’m looking to just make sure that I’m in a good place physically and health-wise to be able to compete next week, but more importantly just to be in a good place health-wise.”
Pliskova moves on to face Caroline Wozniacki in the final after the Dane doused Heather Watson a tight battle 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
Caroline Wozniacki ended the dream of Great Britain’s Heather Watson in three sets to reach the final of the Aegon International.
June 30, 2017
EASTBOURNE, Great Britain – For the first time since winning the title in 2009, Caroline Wozniacki is back in the final of the Aegon International after defeating Heather Watson, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
The Dane had been in the semifinals three times since winning the title, falling each time, but made it a fourth time lucky on Friday to advance to her fourth final of the season.
In the championship, she’ll square off against Karolina Pliskova for the third time in 2017 after the Czech received a walkover from British No.1 Johanna Konta earlier in the day.
“It definitely was very tough. Heather is a great player,” Wozniacki said. “We always have tough fights when we’re out there on court. I knew it was going to be a difficult one today, but I was pleased to finish it off. I feel I usually have great support here. I’m hoping that they will come back out tomorrow and support me.”
Wozniacki has won 4 of 5 from the Czech but they split both meeting this year at Doha, won by Pliskova, and in the Miami semifinals.
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