The British No 1 said she was not even thinking about Wimbledon after suffering a sleep-disrupted night due to the sore spine she suffered in yesterday's victory over world No 1, Angelique Kerber, at Eastbourne.

Johanna Konta made her third consecutive quarterfinal at the Aegon International in her hometown of Eastbourne, battling past French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 in a thrilling third round contest.

The schedule was packed on Thursday as the organisers had to clear a backlog of matches after Tuesday's play was virtually wiped out, with just a handful of minutes of play. She saved one match point with a blistering forehand down the line, was granted a further reprieve when a Konta lob went long, then belted her closing forehand wide.

Victoria Azarenka will be back in Grand Slam action for the first time since giving birth to her son Leo. The Latvian, certainly the most powerful of the two, was striking the ball ferociously and seemed comfortable as she built up an early 3-1 lead, though some more aggressive play by Konta saw the Brit break back to even things up in the opening set.

Kerber asked "Are you okay?"

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"I'm going to prepare the best I can for it and most importantly recover as quick as I can after this round and just really enjoy the fact that I've got another match today", she said.

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. "I'm excited to share the court with her". I feel very happy and good on the grass. "What happens in the following 24 hours and the following 24 hours after that, I'll see once this 24 hours is up".

A year ago, Pliskova stopped Konta, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3, in the Eastbourne semifinals before bowing to Dominika Cibulkova in the final.

In the women's draw, British number one Johanna Konta will have the opportunity to avenge her shock first-round exit at Roland Garros with a rematch against world number 112 Su-Wei Hsieh.

"I have played eight sets in a day and a half".


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