Konta into Nottingham Open semi-finals

Konta into Nottingham Open semi-finals


Dates: 7-13 June: Venue: Nottingham Tennis Centre
Coverage: Watch dwell on the BBC Sport web site and app.

British primary and prime seed Johanna Konta is into the Nottingham Open semi-finals, beating Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck 6-Three 7-6 (8-6).

Konta, 30, cruised by means of the primary set in opposition to Van Uytvanck, 27, however the world quantity 67 performed a tighter second set to power a tie-break.

Konta received on her fourth match level, as she bids for a primary title since 2017.

“I tried to keep creating opportunities hoping I was going to take some,” stated Konta, a two-time Nottingham finalist.

This is the world quantity 20’s finest run this season, having not received back-to-back matches till enjoying right here.

Konta faces Serbia’s 15th seed Nina Stojanovic on Saturday however withdrew from the doubles, enjoying with former champion Donna Vekic, from Croatia.

“It is just managing the loads in my knees,” stated Konta, whose final title got here on the Miami Open in 2017.

“This is the first time in a long time I have played successive matches and obviously my body is feeling it a little bit in the knees.

“It is manageable however it’s about making these selections to ensure I’m in the absolute best place to compete tomorrow and have a chance the day after if I do.”

Katie Boulter, who overcame fellow Briton Heather Watson to reach the last eight, started well against America’s Lauren Davis and won a first set tie-break.

But after seeing a trainer in between sets she had to retire with a right elbow injury, losing to Davis 7-6 (8-6) 0-2.

Konta, together with Watson, Boulter and Harriet Dart, will all be in action again next week at the Birmingham Classic, where Konta will be the number two seed.

They will be joined by former Grand Slam champions Sam Stosur from Australia and Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko.

In the Nottingham ATP Challenger event, British men’s number one and top seed Dan Evans misplaced within the quarter-finals to American Denis Kudla 6-Four 1-6 6-4.

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