Johanna Konta and Heather Watson are writing their names in the history books with their impressive runs at the Aegon International.
WTA Staff

EASTBOURNE, Great Britain - With their impressive runs to the semifinals of the Aegon International, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson are making history.

It is the first time that two British women have reached this stage at Eastbourne - and the first time since October 1985 that two British women have made the semifinals of a WTA event.

The last time it happened it was Jo Durie and Annabel Croft in the semifinals at Brighton.

Watson beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and then Barbora Strycova to seal her semifinal spot, while Konta beat two Grand Slam champions, first Jelena Ostapenko and then World No.1 Angelique Kerber.

She beat the German in straight sets and became the first British woman to defeat a World No.1 since Sue Barker beat Chris Evert, 6-3, 6-1, in the quarterfinal of the Avon Series event in Boston back in 1979.

"It was a long day - not just for myself, but for all the players, everyone played a lot of tennis today," said Konta afterwards. "I'm just happy I was able to make it two out of two.

"It's the first time I've beaten [Kerber], so that's a nice accomplishment for myself, but overall I'm just happy with the day."