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Johanna homes in on International success

By Eleanor Crooks

Published 23/06/2016

Fan-tastic: Johanna Konta salutes the crowd after victory over Petra Kvitova yesterday at Eastbourne
Fan-tastic: Johanna Konta salutes the crowd after victory over Petra Kvitova yesterday at Eastbourne

Johanna Konta hailed the home town crowd after producing her latest stunning result by defeating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to reach the quarter-finals of the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

On the day she was confirmed as the 17th seed for Wimbledon, which starts on Monday, the British number one came from a set down to win 5-7 6-4 6-0.

It was in her home town of Eastbourne last year that Konta's remarkable rise really began with a run to the last eight.

At that stage she was ranked 146 but runs to the fourth round of the US Open and the semi-finals of the Australian Open have elevated her into the highest echelons of the sport.

"There are not words big enough to describe the support the crowd have shown me. I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart," she said.

"Both of us were playing at a really good level in parts and struggling to keep that up in others. I think I just managed to string a few points together."

Fifth seed Kvitova had her thigh strapped and may have been hampered in the decider but that was to take nothing away from Konta, who played superbly and will face either Andrea Petkovic or Ekaterina Makarova in the last eight.

Meanwhile, British number four Dan Evans is out of the Nottingham Open after losing 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to Uruguayan world number 25 Pablo Cuevas.

Evans (26) was two points away from his first-ever ATP quarter-final on grass.

Second seed Cuevas will face Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the last eight.

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