Johanna Konta withdraws from Eastbourne with back injury ahead of Wimbledon


Konta withdrew from her Eastbourne semi-final on Friday with a spine injury but, assuming she is fit to play at the All England Club, the world number seven will reunite with Hsieh and could face two-time champion Petra Petra Kvitova in the last 16.

Shriver, who herself a three time semi-finalist at Wimbledon and has also won 5 doubles titles in The Championships feels that Konta might crumble under the public pressure.

"We made the decision based on the fact I'm still quite sore through my thoracic spine", the British player said. Things will become clearer in the next 24 hours of how we manage things.

"I'm just happy that I was able to make it two out of two".

Konta beat the world's top ranked player - Germany's Angelique Kerber - on Thursday to continue her strong showing on grass, but suffered a nasty fall during the contest.

As for Konta, her participation at Wimbledon next week remains uncertain as she concentrates on regaining full health. That's a small advantage, but at the same time, I'm just excited to be in another finals this year.

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"Obviously next week is Wimbledon, but I made this decision according to my health, regardless of what tournament is coming up next week".

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.

"For us on the tour we have seen her around for many years".

There she reached the last four and was only a painful semi-final defeat by Simona Halep away from becoming the world No 1.

Compatriots Heather Watson, Laura Robson, Naomi Broady and Katie Boulter face Maryna Zanevska, Beatriz Haddad Maia, Irina-Camelia Begu and Christina McHale respectively. "I'm hoping that they will come back out tomorrow and support me". I know that it will be very much the same story.

"I am calling this a second career", the 27-year-old Czech said at the WTA players' party in London. The final will be tough, she (Pliskova) didn't play today so she will be well rested. I wasn't really affected by it in any other way, but got some treatment on it.