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No old pals' act from ruthless Konta


By Jonathan Veal

Johanna Konta had no issue in Yanina Wickmayer going from friend to enemy after the British No.1 advanced to the Aegon Open quarter-final in Nottingham.

Konta beat the Belgian 6-4 6-1 in 75 minutes to book a spot in the last eight, but the win came less than 24 hours after the pair had played together - and won - in the doubles tournament.

The top seed was clinical in windy conditions, breaking her opponent five times while also showing no mercy in sending down plenty of winners.

Pleasantries will resume today as they play the next round of the doubles, but, as Konta says, it is just part of the game.

"We are all adults, we must deal with that," she said. "Players come across that situation on tour, it is nothing out of the ordinary, it happens quite often.

"Most importantly we look to leave the battle on court and we remain great friends off it and I am looking forward to playing doubles with her again.

"We're both in the same situation, we have played each other a number of times, I don't think playing with each other in the doubles added too much to either of us to prepare for.

"We have played each other enough times for us both to go into the match knowing roughly how we wanted to play. However it was very difficult conditions out there and both of us were just trying our best to survive out there in these conditions."

Meanwhile, Heather Watson, a first-round loser in Nottingham, and Naomi Broady have been handed wildcards into next week's Aegon Classic in Birmingham. The event has had a host of high-profile withdrawals including Maria Sharapova.

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