Photos from Birmingham: Konta & Svitolina make early exits


The last British hope at the 2017 Aegon Classic crashed out on Thursday as Johanna Konta fell to American Coco Vandeweghe.

Coming off a final in Nottingham the week before, Konta failed to advance into the quarterfinals in Birmingham, running into a well-playing Vandeweghe, who closed out the match in two quick sets and the crowd was forced to watch the last Briton exit the tournament.

Vandeweghe is joined in the quarterfinals by Camila Giorgi, who stunned Rome champion Elina Svitolina. Struggling with an Achilles injury, Svitolina was less concerned about her loss after the match, but rather about her health in general, hinting at possibly even skipping Wimbledon to become fit for the hardcourt season.

Fitness is no issue for Kristina Mladenovic, though, since the Frenchwoman made the quarters with a swift win over China’s Zhang Shuai. Mladenovic will next face arguably the hardest opponent left in the draw, Petra Kvitova.

The quarterfinals were rounded out by Garbine Muguruza. The Spaniard punched her ticket into the round of the last eight by defeating American Alison Riske in straight sets.

Keep checking back tomorrow to see how the quarterfinals at the 2017 Aegon Classic in Birmingham will play out.


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  1. Yes those press close-ups are really good. Kudos to the photographer x2.

    Coco v Garbine is today’s popcorn match.


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