Jo Konta beats world No 1 Angelique Kerber after terrible fall


Johanna Konta made her third consecutive quarterfinal at the Aegon International in her hometown of Eastbourne, battling past French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 in a thrilling third round contest. She stayed down for a long few moments, and received medical attention, before soldiering on.

The 20-year-old Latvian fought hard all the way and saved two match points but Konta eventually sealed victory, to set up a quarter-final encounter with Angelique Kerber.

Konta's victory over top seed Kerber, though, was accompanied by high drama when, while holding match point, she slipped and fell heavily on to her back while also hitting her head on the ground.

Konta, who is chasing her first grass-court title, took a close opening set and then did well to refocus in the decider after Ostapenko claimed the second in impressive fashion.

Last April Cirstea playing for the Romanian Fed Cup team and was playing Konta when the British No1 was reduced to tears by Ilie Nastase, the Romanian captain, who verbally abused her during the match.

Her reward is now a last-16 clash against Ostapenko, who defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 0-6 6-4 in her second round clash, and the home favourite is excited about taking on the newly crowned French Open champion. "I went to Beachy Head and it was incredible, stunning views, lovely nature". I played the ball that I had and the opponent I had but not the circumstances that happened a month ago.

Heather Watson also booked her place in the last four, defeating both Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Barbora Strýcová in what was a very successful day for British Women's tennis.

"I felt I competed well in each match". Caroline is a great player, she's a great athlete.

"It was a great first set and after that I had opportunities to break serve in the second and I didn't use them, he broke my serve at 4-4 and had set points".



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