Nottingham Open | Konta eases into quarter-finals
Top-seeded Johanna Konta advanced to the quarterfinals of the Aegon Open in Nottingham with a comprehensive straight sets victory over doubles partner Yanina Wickmayer
I really enjoy playing in front of this home crowd and coming back here for my sixth year.Jo Konta
Konta, the British number one world ranked 8, won 6-4, 6-1 and is the only one of the top four seeds remaining in the tournament.
She romped into a 4-0 lead against the Belgian who managed to stem the flow and recover three consecutive games to get back into the match.
That prove to be the most threatening period for Konta who then took command in te windy conditions allowing her doubles partner just two more games as she pulled away to claim a place in the last eight.
Commenting on the fact she was playing her doubles partner when asked if it had been a problem, she said: “We are all adults, we must deal with that. Players come across that situation on tour, it is nothing out of the ordinary, it happens quite often actually.
“However it was very difficult conditions out there and both of us were just trying our best to survive out there in these conditions.
“Definitely leading into Wimbledon people are looking to play as much time on the grass as they can.”
She added: “I was able to deal with the conditions well. I really enjoy playing in front of this home crowd and coming back here for my sixth year. I do really like that Centre Court – it’s nice and intimate. I’m looking to stay here this week for as long as I can.”
Konta faces Ashleigh Barty of Australia for a place in the semi-finals. “I’m really looking forward to the match with Ashleigh actually,” Konta said. “I’ve never played her before so I don’t know too much about her, but I do know that she is a very talented player. She’s very creative so I’m looking forward to that challenge.”
Elsewhere, Maria Sakkari of Greece overcame a slow start to beat American Christina McHale 1-6 7-6 7-5 who had upset second-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in the first round.
Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia and fifth-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic also reached the quarterfinals.
Rybarikova eliminated Alison Riske 6-2 6-7(5) 7-5. The American saved a match point in the second set, but lost the final three games of the third set.
Safarova started slowly but rallied and staved off two match points to defeat Su-Wei Hsieh 1-6 6-3 7- (7).