Bri­tain’s Konta fit for Wimbledon

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS - LON­DON:

Bri­tish num­ber one Jo­hanna Konta has de­clared her­self fit for Wimbledon af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a spine in­jury. Konta with­drew from her East­bourne semi-fi­nal against Karolina Pliskova on Fri­day due to a tho­racic spine prob­lem sus­tained in a nasty fall in her pre­vi­ous match. The 26-year-old needed lengthy treatment and was in tears on court af­ter the tum­ble in her win over world num­ber one An­gelique Ker­ber. That sparked fears she might be ruled out of Wimbledon, where as sixth seed she is among the po­ten­tial ti­tle con­tenders. But like Andy Mur­ray ear­lier in the day, she vowed to ig­nore the in­jury prob­lem and play at her home Grand Slam, where she faces a Mon­day opener against Tai­wan’s Hsieh Su-Wei. “I’m def­i­nitely re­cov­er­ing re­ally well. I’m tak­ing it a day at a time. I prac­tised to­day. I felt good,” Konta told re­porters at Wimbledon on Sun­day. “I’m def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to play­ing my first round. Like Andy, 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.” — AFP

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