EASTBOURNE, Great Britain - Former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki rallied from a set down to knock out Johanna Konta, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, and reach the Nature Valley International quarterfinals.
"It was a very difficult match," she said during her on-court interview. "Jo plays really well, loves the grass, and was playing at home. After the first set, I got into more of a rhythm and both of us played better from there. I was lucky to get it in the end."
Facing off for the first time since the 2017 Miami Open final, the reigning Australian Open champion earned her first win over Konta - a semifinalist last year in Eastbourne - in three total meetings, serving out the victory after two hours and 10 minutes on court.
"We both played really well and I was just out there trying to grind it out and get one more ball back in the court. I was trying to serving and returning as aggressively, as well."
Wozniacki recovered from a 1-3 deficit at the start of the match, but it was Konta who remained in front, breaking straight back and saving two break points as she served out the opening set.
The former World No.1 was far more dominant in the second, though she battled through another titanic final game to level the match, saving a break point and forcing a decider on her fifth set point.
The final set played out much like the first, but this time it was in Wozniacki's favor as she and Konta exchanged breaks only to see the 2009 Eastbourne champion book her spot in the last eight.
In all, the Dane struck a clean 22 winners to 21 unforced errors. While Konta was more aggressive off the ground - hitting 34 winners - she was ultimately undone by 37 unforced errors, converting just three of eight break point opportunities throughout.
Standing between the top seed and a spot in the semifinals is No.8 seed Ashleigh Barty, who continued her run of strong grass court results with a win over Hsieh Su-Wei earlier in the day.
"She's definitely a tricky opponent, especially on grass. I practiced with her earlier in the week. It'll definitely be difficult; she chips, slices, and come to the net. We'll see!"
Wozniacki has won their two previous encounters, including last spring's clash at the Mutua Madrid Open, where she outlasted the Aussie in three sets.
More to come...