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Eastbourne | Konta and Watson out of the running

On Thursday at Eastbourne, everything looked rosy as far as British tennis was concerned with the possibility of an all-British women’s final in prospect at the Aegon International.

We made the decision based on the fact I'm still quite sore through my thoracic spine. Next week is Wimbledon but I make decisions for my health Jo Konta

Twenty-four hours later that hope was extinguished, first with the news that Jo Konta had withdrawn from her semi-final against Karolina Pliskova which was then followed by the defeat of Heather Watson at the hands of Caroline Wozniacki.

The British No.1 Konta had suffered a thoracic spine injury after slipping onto her back during her quarter-final victory over world No.1 Angelique Kerber on the previous day and will now have to assess her fitness for Wimbledon. She is scheduled to play on Monday against Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei to whom she lost in her opening round match at Roland Garros.

Konta on her way down in what was a very unfortunate incident

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“The most important thing for me is to look after my health in general,” Konta told reporters. “We made the decision based on the fact I’m still quite sore through my thoracic spine. Next week is Wimbledon but I make decisions for my health.

“I didn’t sleep too well but I heard that’s normal. The most important thing is I rest well for the next 24 hours and then we’ll see.”

On court, the sixth seeded Caroline Wozniacki defeated Heather Watson 6-2 3-6 7-5 and dash local fan’s last hopes of seeing a Briton in the final.

The 26-year-old Wozniacki, the 2009 winner, got off to a flying start, breaking her opponent’s serve three times to seal the first set which sparked the world No.126 Watson into life as she fought back to win four consecutive games and level the match but then failed to capitalize on crucial points in the third as the Dane sealed victory after two hours and nine minutes of play.

Wozniacki and Watson embrace after their two-hour battle

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“It could have gone both ways,” Wozniacki said after the match. “We had played twice before and they were close matches so I knew it would be difficult today. I got a little lucky.

“She is a good player, has a great volley, mixes it up and serves well on grass, so a lot of credit to her.”

The final will be contested by Wozniacki and Pliskova.



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