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Pam Shriver has her doubts about Johanna Konta winning Wimbledon

01 July, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Glenda Knight
  • Wimbledon | Kerber’s place at the top is under threat

Jo Konta was in excellent form as she made her return to her home in Eastbourne and trounced Sorana Cirstea, the world No67, to reach the third round of the women's draw at the Aegon International.

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.

Konta sustained the injury in her quarter-final victory over world number one Angelique Kerber on Thursday.

"I slipped and hit my head and it's a bit sore", Konta said. 'Next week is Wimbledon but I made this decision based on looking after my health, regardless of what tournament is coming up. They swooped Djokovic on court and at 4-3 in the second he shouted: "Okay, I hear you." as they squawked above centre court.

"I'm not thinking about [Wimbledon] right now, I just want to rest well and to make sure that I get my health back to the best place possible. Things will become clearer in the next 24 hours of how we manage things".

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"She's a unsafe player, and she's coming off winning her maiden grand slam", said Konta, who lives in Eastbourne. In order to get back on schedule following Tuesday's washout Halep returned to the fray later in the day to start her third-round match only to have play suspended when the rain returned. After playing through injury and showing the determination that she's shown, however, it feels unwise to bet against her as Wimbledon rolls on. But instead of taking particular satisfaction at her Eastbourne victory, Konta dismissed suggestions she had been driven by the recent bad experience.

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

"It could have gone both ways, honestly", said Wozniacki, the 2009 champion at Eastbourne. In just the previous round, she defeated French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

"It's going to be a tough match. Wherever she plays she's kind of on edge", said Shriver, speaking on behalf of ESPN. "I'm just happy to give myself another chance to be in the semi-finals here".


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