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Johanna Konta withdraws from Eastbourne International with back injury

The walkover allows third seed Karolina Pliskova to advance to the final, where she will meet the winner of the other semi-final between Caroline Wozniacki and Heather Watson.

tennis Updated: Jun 30, 2017 16:45 IST
Great Britain's Johanna Konta during a press conference.
Great Britain's Johanna Konta during a press conference.(Action Images via Reuters)

Johanna Konta has pulled out of her Aegon International semi-final against Karolina Pliskova in Eastbourne after suffering a thoracic spine injury, British Tennis confirmed on Friday.

Konta is the main home hope in the women’s draw at Wimbledon next week but the 26-year-old slipped and fell heavily on her back during her 6-3 6-4 quarter-final victory over world number one Angelique Kerber on Thursday.

The walkover allows third seed Pliskova to advance to the final, where she will meet the winner of the other semi-final between Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki and Briton Heather Watson.

Konta also overcame French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in a three-set tussle earlier on Thursday after two days of rain delays at the south coast grass-court event had stacked up the schedule.

The Australia-born Briton is aiming to become the first home player to win the ladies singles title at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977.