Brisbane | Konta withdraws injured
Johanna Konta, the world No.9 and British No.1, became was forced to concede her match against Elina Svitolina, with a hip injury in her quarter-final when leading the third seed 1-6 7-6(6) 3-2 at the Brisbane International.
I only know kind of the initial feelings of it, which is not always so trustworthy. So I don’t feel too comfortable saying really too much because, actually, I don’t know yet. Hopefully it’s nothing more than a low-grade strain and more muscle spasmJo Konta
She is the second high profile player forced to withdraw during the match following the top seeded Garbine Muguruza heat related collapse in the second round.
Due to defend her title at the Sydney International next week, and the Australian Open quarterfinals later this month, Konta was reluctant to speculate about the injury. “I’ll find out more tomorrow morning,” she told reporters on Thursday.
“I only know kind of the initial feelings of it, which is not always so trustworthy. So I don’t feel too comfortable saying really too much because, actually, I don’t know yet. Hopefully it’s nothing more than a low-grade strain and more muscle spasm.”
Konta, who was regaining the confidence she lost during the latter part of last season, was playing with virtually flawless tennis, especially in the opening set.
“She was too good in the first set. She can play really well, moves well and strikes the ball pretty good,” Svitolina admitted. “If you give her chances, she’ll take them”
The Ukranian turned recovered to snatch the second set on the tiebreak, before Konta asked for the physio after three games of the decider, withdrawing soon after.
Svitolina will now face Karolina Pliskova, who beat her in the Brisbane semi-finals last year. The world No.4 came back from a set and a break down against Kaia Kanepi, who hadn’t yet lost a set from the qualifying rounds, to win 3-6 7-5 6-2 win.
Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich prevailed 3-6 6-2 6-3 over France’s Alize Cornet, who was ranked 50 spots ahead of her at No.88 in the world.
“In the beginning, I couldn’t even imagine that I (would) pass the quallies and be in the semis.
“So it’s an incredible week for me,” Sasnovich said following her victory.
“Serves and returns were the key in the match” Cornet told the French daily L’Equipe. “On return, I stayed too far back, I chopped a lot and started the rally too much defensively. I needed to be more aggressive in the second.
“I saw her going out for a medical time out and unconsciously I relaxed for a couple of games. It was just what she needed to take control of the match and I wasn’t able to come back”.
Sasnovich’s semi-final opponent will be Anastasija Sevastova, the 7th seed, who rallied past Aliaksandra Krunic 6-2 6-4 collecting her second win in three matches against the Serbian, bidding to break into the top 50.
Meanwhile in Auckland, the quarter-finals were washed out and they will now start on Friday morning with the semis later on in the afternoon-evening. However more rains is forecast.