Caroline Wozniacki douses British hopes at Eastbourne

It was a tough day at the office for the former top 25 player

Johanna Konta's Wimbledon is in doubt after the British No 1 suffered a thoracic spine injury when she slipped and landed heavily on her back in Eastbourne on Thursday.

Konta had been due to play Karolina Pliskova on Friday in the Aegon International semi-finals, but has dropped out of the competition to receive treatment.

Watson, who also defeated Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-3, next meets Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki.

"Next week is Wimbledon but I made this decision based on looking after my health, regardless of what tournament is coming up". "I'm actually feeling not too bad".

"I think most importantly for me right now is just to look after my health in general".

"For us on the tour we have seen her around for many years".

Konta will have a few days to recover - she plays Monday - but a repeat of the result in Paris would surely open up the draw for Kvitova. "We had played twice before and they were close matches so I knew it would be hard today".

Konta's two wins came a day after Pam Shriver had questioned whether she had the mental fortitude to shine in front of her home crowd.

If Konta beats Kerber, who overcame Spain's Lara Arruabarrena 6-2 6-1, Romanian Simona Halep could take the world number one ranking by reaching the final.

The backup forced Halep to play a second match Wednesday, but she trailed lucky loser Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 7-6 (6), 2-1 when rain ended play for the day.

"Against a player like her who has such a big game, sometimes it's hard to accept that you haven't got much say in some points".

Wawrinka faces a potentially tough opener against Daniil Medvedev, while last year's losing finalist, Milos Raonic, battles Jan-Lennard Struff and Dominic Thiem goes head-to-head with Vasek Pospisil. "I'm just happy to give myself another chance to be in the semi-finals here". "That's a lot. That's a lot of tennis, so definitely it's an advantage for her to be able to rest and just kind of do her normal routine with getting some stretching and stuff done or whatever she does", Wozniacki said of Pliskova. She plays American teenager Cici Belliss.

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