Johanna Konta taking Wimbledon 'one match at a time' after Eastbourne injury

Johanna Konta taking Wimbledon 'one match at a time' after Eastbourne injury

So there was further good news for the British tennis fraternity yesterday when Jo Konta was able to shrug off the thoracic spine injury which caused her to withdraw so abruptly from the semi-finals at Eastbourne and report herself fit to pick up the daunting challenge of becoming the first home victor of the women's singles last Wimbledon since Virginia Wade 40 years ago.

The 27-year-old said he could not pin down the reason for his run of injuries on grass - variously affecting his calf, hip and ribs - but added that he struggled with the summer switch from clay courts.

Konta was a tennis warrior and in her head vowed not to let a little bang or bump destroy her chances of playing this prestigious grass court event.

'That said, I definitely would like to be involved here for the full fortnight to help, I guess, put tennis on the map that much more.

Victoria Azarenka stepped up her bid to become the first mother to win Wimbledon in 37 years as the former World No. 1 defeated Russian 15th seed Elena Vesnina on Wednesday. "I got to play against two Grand Slam champions, the reigning French Open champion, and also the No.1 player in the world".

Before that her form had been indifferent since she her victory at the prestigious Miami Open in April that announced her breakthrough at the top level of the sport. It is exactly 40 years since the last British woman won at Wimbledon: Virginia Wade.

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But it was much harder going for the sixth seed in the second set as Vekic broke serve in the fifth game to assume control. "I said after I hit on Sunday that was kind of the first test". It was medically the right decision to not continue playing in Eastbourne, to give my body the chance to recover. It was a bit of a traumatic fall on the body. Like Andy [Murray] I'd like to think that I'm fit enough to play seven matches, but I'm going to be taking it one at a time.

"I feel very fortunate to have come through that so it was a great battle to be a part of".

But after a positive 6-2 6-2 opening match win at the 2017 edition of Wimbledon against Su-Wei Hsieh, Konta insists she's feeling better than ever at the All England Club.

Su-Wei is ranked 113th in the world but won the ladies' doubles title at Wimbledon in 2013 and was likely to be a tricky opponent. Meanwhile, Konta will have a big shot at the fourth round when she takes on Greece's Maria Sakkari next.

No one could question the players' commitment in what was an nearly gladiatorial contest; Konta's roar and Vekic's tears after the final point speaking volumes about what they had been through. I live it for the whole season and try to really perform the best that I can in every event that I enter.