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Sydney | Konta withdraws injured only to be reinstated

Sydney | Konta withdraws injured only to be reinstated

Jo Konta, the 2017 Sydney International champion, suffered a neck injury whilst playing a qualifying match for this year’s, which with Hobart, are the final women’s warm-up tournaments for the Australian Open which starts tomorrow week.

The 27-year-old Sydney born, Eastbourne based player, ranked 37, was trailing 4-1 against Russia’s 12th seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova and was just 18-minutes into the second-round qualifying match when she decided to withdraw.

Later her team revealed she had merely ‘blocked her neck in the warm-up’, resulting in her being entered in the main draw at Sydney as a ‘lucky loser’ regardless of her ‘defeat’ and is set to face seventh seed Kiki Bertens in the opening round on Monday.

Her ‘placement’ into the draw will no doubt cause a debate in the tennis world as to the fairness of the decision following her withdrawal through injury being reversed with a ‘lucky loser’ ticket.

In her first match she beat the 277th ranked Miriam Kolodzejova 6-3 6-2 in 71-minutes.

Konta beat former US Open champion Sloane Stephens only to lose her second round match to Australia’s Alja Tomljanovic.

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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

1 Comment

  1. Janet Edgar

    Sorry to read you were injured. Get better soon.


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