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Johanna Konta retires hurt from Brisbane International in quarter-final

Johanna Konta retires hurt from Brisbane International in quarter-final

"I'll find out more tomorrow morning", she told reporters.

"I only know kind of the initial feelings of it, which is not always so trustworthy".

But Svitolina recovered and the Ukrainian won a very closely contested second set.

After falling at the semi-final stage in her previous two attempts - including a loss past year to eventual champion Pliskova - Svitolina recovered from 0-4 down in the first set to win 7-5, 7-5.She mastered the huge Pliskova serve and outhit her Czech opponent from the back of the court. "I don't feel comfortable going on gut feeling, especially to do with stuff like this". "I think I was ready 100% ready for the match".

British tennis was reeling this morning after Johanna Konta pulled out of the Brisbane quarter-final with an injury to her right hip - ironically, the same area of the body that would force Andy Murray to announce his withdrawal from the Australian Open just a few minutes later.

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Siniakova secured her place with a 6-2 6-2 win over Kristyna Pliskova.

Pliskova completed the third victory in as many meetings with the first Estonian to win a title delivering 42 winners to just 31 unforced errors, hammering 15 aces and winning over 70% of first serve points.

Konta had looked in scintillating touch early in the match, saving four break points in a almost flawless first set that made Svitolina, her doubles partner and the world's No. 6-ranked player, look second rate.

The qualifier from Belarus, who swept aside Kristina Mladenovic in the first round, prevailed 1-6 7-6 (2) 6-3 and faces Alize Cornet next.

"As of now, it's a bit of a waiting game", said Konta. "In the beginning, I couldn't even imagine that I (would) pass the quallie and be in the semis". "On return, I stayed too far back, I chopped a lot and started the rally too much defensively. Take your pick. Back, lower back - and everything in between". "Because, obviously, nobody can play like that for two sets or three".


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