British No.1 Johanna Konta has withdrawn from her semifinal match against Karolina Pliskova at the Aegon International in Eastbourne due to a spine injury.
WTA Staff

EASTBOURNE, Great Britain - Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the semifinals at the Aegon International in Eastbourne with a thoracic spine injury following a slip and fall en route to winning her quarterfinal match against World No.1 Angelique Kerber on Thursday.

The British No.1 said she will monitor the injury before making a final decision on whether to compete at Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.

"I obviously had a bit of a nasty fall yesterday," said Konta. "So I made the decision [to withdraw] based on the fact that I'm quite sore through my thoracic spine and just basically looking to make sure that I recover in the best way possible.

"Obviously next week is Wimbledon, but I made this decision according to my health, regardless of what tournament is coming up next week. I didn't sleep too well, but we made the decision as late as possible to see how things developed this morning, but I just felt that it wasn't quite right."

On the prospect of her recovering in time for Wimbledon, she added: "I'm resting for the next 24 hours and that's all it is. What happens in the following 24 hours and the following 24 hours after that, I'll see once this 24 hours is up.

"Right now my priority is to look after myself, quite honestly. I'm looking to just make sure that I'm in a good place physically and health-wise to be able to compete next week, but more importantly just to be in a good place health-wise."

Konta earned a pair of victories against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and Kerber at Eastbourne on Thursday to join Watson in the last four, as they became the first duo of Brits to reach a WTA semifinal in 32 years. The last time that happened was in October of 1985, where both Jo Durie and Annabel Croft reached the last four in Brighton.

As a result of the walkover, Karolina Pliskova advances to the final, where she will face the winner of the other semifinal between Caroline Wozniacki and Heather Watson.