Rain delays slow Konta’s progress after epic victory

Devonshire Park
Devonshire Park

Johanna Konta’s excellent victory against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was the main talking point at Devonshire Park but elsewhere the draw was shaping up nicely as it enters the concluding stages.

Konta was recovering yesterday (Thursday) after Wednesday’s heroics as rain interrupted play. As the Herald went to press, the British No.1 was due to play her quarter-final fourth on centre court against Ekaterina Makarova who beat Andrea Petkovic of Germany 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 on court one earlier in the day.

Konta, and her army of home support, will hope for a repeat of last year’s result as Konta beat Makarova in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

No.1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska has been great to watch this week. The Polish player was making her 10th consecutive appearance at Eastbourne and was edging her way towards the semi-finals. Radwanksa won the title in 2008 and reached the final last year but lost to Belinda Bencic. Radwanska will take some beating this year and rain stopped play on Thursday afternoon with Radwanska a set and a break up on 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova.

Czech player Karolina Pliskova eased through to the quarter finals in straight sets thanks to her victory against Misaki Doi of Japan. Pliskova won 6-2, 6-4 to set up a quarter final with Elena Vesnina.

Already through to the semi-finals is Puerto Rican qualifier Monica Puig.

It been a tremendous run for the 22-year-old who came through two rounds of qualifying and entered the main draw for the first time in her career. She soon beat British player Naomi Broady in straight sets and then toppled fellow qualifier Konjuh in round two.

Puig’s play improved with every match and on Wednesday she overcame former champion and world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in three tough sets. Her run continued in the quarters as she came out on top in another well contested three setter as she beat French player Kristina Mladenovic 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. Puig said, “All the people from Puerto Rico take a lot of pride in their athletes. So to win like this, everybody is super happy.”