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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 September 2018

Johanna Konta over back injury and 'looking forward' to Wimbledon

like fellow Briton Andy Murray earlier in the day, she vowed to play at her home grand slam, ahead of a Monday opener against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei.

British No 1 Johanna Konta during a press conference to announce she is fit to play Wimbledon.
British No 1 Johanna Konta during a press conference to announce she is fit to play Wimbledon.

British No 1 Johanna Konta has said she intends to play at Wimbledon and is recovering well from injury.

Konta withdrew from her semi-final at the Aegon International against Karolina Pliskova on Friday because of a thoracic spine injury.

That sparked fears she might be ruled out of Wimbledon, where as sixth seed she is among the potential title contenders.

But like fellow Briton Andy Murray earlier in the day, she vowed to play at her home grand slam, ahead of a Monday opener against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei.

Konta said: "I'm definitely recovering really well. I'm taking it a day at a time. I practised today. I felt good.

"I'm definitely looking forward to playing my first round. Like Andy, I'd like to think that I'm fit enough to play seven matches, but I'm going to be taking it one at a time."

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Asked about her spine, Konta said: "It's much better. It was most important to just make sure that I was well enough through the chain, and my body.

"Definitely it was medically the right decision to not continue playing in Eastbourne, to give my body that chance to recover. It was a bit of a traumatic fall on the body."

Asked when she decided she would play Wimbledon, Konta added: "I never was thinking that I wasn't going to."

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