Johanna Konta and Agnieszka Radwanska march into Aegon Open Nottingham quarter-finals


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British No.2 Johanna Konta claimed her second top-100 scalp at the Aegon Open Nottingham by knocking out Monica Puig in a third set tie-break.

After sending world No.59 Magdalena Rybarikova packing on Tuesday, Konta held her nerve to beat No.89 Puig 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) and move into her first WTA Tour quarter-final since 2013. 

Johanna KontaThe duo returned to centre court with the match evenly poised at one set all after play was suspended late last night due to bad light.

In an up and down third set, seven out of the first eight games featured break point opportunities with Konta moving into a 4-2 lead.

Puerto Rican, Puig, broke back to force a tie-break but netted a forehand on match point down to send Konta into the last eight where she will face Monica Niculescu.

Upon facing Niculescu, Konta said: “Difficult. That’s definitely a word to describe her. I’ve never played her before so I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’ll just take it a point at a time and try my best.”

Agnieszka Radwanska followed her into the quarter-finals after defeating Christina McHale 6-3, 6-1. Despite being 2-0 down, the No.1 seed found her form to convincingly move past her American opponent. 

“I’m very happy having played two good, quick matches already. Hopefully I can play five here, so that’s the goal for me. I’m just ready for the next one,” said Radwanska.

Yanina Wickmayer joins them in the draw after overcoming food poisoning to see off Bojana Jovanovski 6-0, 6-4.

Agnieszka RadwanskaWickmayer said: “I needed the two days off because I was in bed but I’m starting to feel better. I’m really happy with my game today. I played aggressive and tried to make the points as short as possible.”

Ana Konjuh and Sachia Vickery complete the line-up after defeating Casey Dellacqua and Zarina Diyas respectively.

The last match of the day proved to be an unmissable encounter with Vickery looking in all sorts of trouble against the No.2 seed after losing the first set 6-4 and facing numerous match points in the second. 

Despite Diyas serving for the match twice, Vickery battled to a tie-break and after winning it 7-5, she put her foot down in the third to win 6-1. 

In the doubles, the No.1 seed pairing of Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones cruised past Shuko Aoyama and Renata Voracova 6-1, 6-1.

Quote of the day:

Agnieszka Radwanska: “It’s great weather for England, so fingers crossed there’s no rain at the end of the week. It’s a very nice city, I’m always walking around in the evening. Good coffee, nice dinner.”

Quarter-final line-up:

  • Agnieszka Radwanska v Lauren Davis
  • Monica Niculescu v Johanna Konta
  • Alison Riske v Yanina Wickmayer
  • Sachia Vickery v Ana Konjuh 

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