Johanna Konta withdraws from Aegon International after injury

Posted July 01, 2017

In the women's draw, British number one Johanna Konta will have the opportunity to avenge her shock first-round exit at Roland Garros with a rematch against world number 112 Su-Wei Hsieh.

There was more stress on the women's side where world No1 Angelique Kerber struggled to get past Kristyna Pliskova 4-6 6-1 7-5 whil former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza slumped to a 6-1 6-0 defeat by Barbora Strycova. "But I made this decision based on my health".

"We left it as late as possible to see how things developed, but I just felt it wasn't quite right".

'The most important thing right now will be that I rest very well today and over the next 24 hours and then we'll see.

The injury comes four days before the start of Wimbledon, where Konta will be making a bid for a first Grand Slam title of her career. Konta's matches have been incredibly hotly contested, as one would expect victories against top players to be. I'm feeling great about my game and got some great match wins under my belt this week.

Caroline Wozniacki's victory over second-ranked Simona Halep means Kerber will retain her world No. 1 ranking.

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With a wet towel placed around her forehead and her both screaming and crying, she appeared at risk of having to default the match on the brink of the semi-finals.

The backup forced Halep to play a second match Wednesday, but she trailed lucky loser Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 7-6 (6), 2-1 when rain ended play for the day.

Konta is in the bottom half of the draw and as such will be scheduled to open play on Monday at Wimbledon.
. That's a small advantage, but at the same time, I'm just excited to be in another finals this year. "It's been a busy afternoon, we've played a lot of tennis and I'm looking forward to recovering the best I can", said Konta on Thursday.

"Against a player like her who has such a big game, sometimes it's hard to accept that you haven't got much say in some points".

"I played (Pliskova) in the semis past year and I have had many tough battles against her".

"She's coming in with a tremendous amount of confidence and hunger to play".