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WTA Eastbourne Angelique Kerber battles past Kristyna Pliskova in nervy encounter

WTA Eastbourne Angelique Kerber battles past Kristyna Pliskova in nervy encounter

Johanna Konta defeated reigning Grand Slam champions back-to-back, scoring her first career win over a world No. 1 to reach the Eastbourne semifinals.

Konta, who won the prestigious Miami tournament earlier this season, had originally been passed fit to play on Friday but chose to pull out to avoid risking further damage. As her compatriot Heather Watson was about to take to the court for the first semi-final, Konta came in to talk to the press.

In a freaky match, Johanna Konta defeated World No. 1 player Angelique Kerber to advance to the semifinals in Eastbourne. Konta's fourth match point came after a 10-minute stoppage during which she recovered from a nasty spill for which she had to get treatment.

"I slipped and hit my head and it's a bit sore".

'I didn't sleep too well.

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

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"And I do see things differently, not only tennis, but moments in the life when I realised it is much more nicer than I saw it before". After more than five minutes of treatment, Konta got up and won the match. "We had played twice before and they were close matches so I knew it would be hard today". She said: "I've been working really hard these last couple of months and have been waiting for the results to start coming".

Kerber will still keep her top ranking though, as World No. 2 Simona Halep was defeated by Caroline Wozniacki earlier on Thursday.

No.7 Johanna Konta vs. No.112 Hsieh Su-Wei: This is a chance for revenge for the British No.1, who was ousted by Hsieh in a frustrating first-round loss at the French Open, bowing out 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4. "(But) as far as my performance goes, I'm pleased with how I fought back and got myself back into the match".

"It's going to be a tough match".

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. "I've played her many times and it's always an incredible battle". 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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