Photos from Eastbourne: Crazy tennis Thursday at the Aegon International

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Today was an extraordinary day at the 2017 Aegon International in Eastbourne as two previous rain-delayed days had created quite a unique schedule. Usually, Thursday at Eastbourne is a quarterfinals day with four singles matches on the agenda, but this time no less than 13 matches had to be played with most big-name players in action twice.

Agnieszka Radwanska was looking to play even more tennis, potentially being scheduled for three singles matches in one day. Unfortunately for the Polish Wimbledon finalist, her road ended early in the morning, as she lost her first match of the day to Lauren Davis. Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Johanna Konta were more successful with their double duty, clearing their first challenge of the day to move into their second match in the afternoon.

The day’s second matches had a bunch of surprises in store, as local hero Johanna Konta managed to edge out world #1 Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals, despite a late-match slip on the grass.

Meanwhile on Court 1, Barbora Strycova was terrified about potentially slipping herself in her match against Heather Watson, calling the supervisor to have play stopped. Her request was not granted as play continued and Watson clinched a surprise win, making the Eastbourne semifinals despite not being ranked in the Top 100 right now.

Perhaps the craziest match of the day turned out to be the quarterfinal encounter between Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep. Wozniacki built a quick 4-1 lead in the first set, but Halep suddenly took control, winning eight games in a row and getting close to sealing the match. Wozniacki prevailed though, forcing a third-set decider that ultimately went her way.




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