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Joanna Konta reached the semi-finals of the Nottingham Open but Katie Poulter retired due to injury

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dates: 7-13 June: Place: Nottingham Tennis Center
coverage: Watch the live broadcast on the BBC Sport website and app.

British top seed Joanna Konta qualified for the semi-finals of the Nottingham Open, defeating Belgian Alison van Uytvanck 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

Konta, 30, shone in the first set against Van Uytvanck, 27, but the world number 67 played a tighter second set to force a tie.

Konta won her fourth match point, claiming her first title since 2017.

“I tried to keep creating chances and hoping to take advantage of them,” said Konta, who has reached the finals in Nottingham twice.

This is the best race for the world number 20 this season, having not won back-to-back matches until he played here.

Konta, who will face 15th-seeded Serbian Nina Stojanovic on Saturday, withdrew from the doubles match later in the day.

“It’s just load management in my knees,” said Konta, whose last title came at the 2017 Miami Open.

“This is the first time in a long time that I’ve played back-to-back matches and it’s clear that my body can feel it a little in the knees.

“It can be managed but it’s about making those decisions to make sure I’m in the best position possible to compete tomorrow and have a chance the next day if I do.”

Katie Poulter who beat fellow Briton Heather Watson to reach the quarter-finals, she started well against American Lauren Davis and won the first set.

But after seeing a coach between sets, she had to retire with a right elbow injury, losing to Davis 7-6 (8-6) 0-2.

Konta, along with Watson, Poulter and Harriet Dart, will be in a match again next week at the Birmingham Classic, where Konta will be the second seed.

They will be joined by former Grand Slam champion Sam Stosur of Australia and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

At the Nottingham ATP Challenger event, the men’s number one and number one in Britain Dan Evans He lost in the quarter-finals to American Dennis Kudla 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.

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