Johanna Konta slips, falls hard, still beats World No. 1 Angelique Kerber

Posted July 01, 2017

Johanna Konta's Wimbledon is in doubt after the British No 1 suffered a thoracic spine injury when she slipped and landed heavily on her back in Eastbourne on Thursday.

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.

It turns out that eating a full dinner at 10pm after two tough tennis matches wasn't the ideal preparation for a semi-final against Caroline Wozniacki.

World No7 Konta converted her fourth match point to prevail 6-3, 6-4 but not before a stoppage of nearly 10 minutes which saw the 26-year-old receive treatment following an awkward fall on the baseline. I obviously had a bit of a nasty fall yesterday, so I made the decision based on the fact that I'm quite sore through my thoracic spine and just basically looking to make sure that I recover in the best way possible. Next week is Wimbledon but I make decisions for my health. "I'm actually feeling not too bad. I think this is the most important thing".

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Elsewhere world number two Simona Halep made it through to the third round as she came from behind to beat Duan Ying-Ying 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The third-round victory sets up a clash on Thursday with French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, of Latvia.

Kerber, the world number one, has struggled since reaching the top of the rankings, making just one final in 2017 and suffering a number of early exits. "Heather is a great player", Wozniacki said.

I was really happy with the way I was able to maintain my level. Angelique Kerber, the world No 1, heads the top half, though the player most likely to emerge from that section is Karolina Pliskova, the world No 3 and a proven performer on grass.

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

Bellis will be more than game to take on former No.1 Azarenka, who showed equal signs of form and rust in her first tournament in 11 months after her break to have a child.