Sport24.co.za | Konta through to quarters in Nottingham

Nottingham – Top seed Johanna Konta made short work of doubles partner Yanina Wickmayer to reach the quarter-finals of the Aegon Open Grass Court tournament in Nottingham on Thursday.

Konta, the world No 8 who will carry Britain’s hopes into Wimbledon along with Andy Murray, won 6-4 6-1 against the Belgian Wickmayer and will face Australian Ashleigh Barty next.

Konta, surprisingly beaten in the French Open first round by world No 109 Hsieh Su-Wei, coped better with Nottingham’s windy conditions as she forged 4-0 ahead in the opening set.

Wickmayer briefly threatened to make a match of it but Konta was relatively untroubled.

“I was able to deal with the conditions well. I really enjoy playing in front of this home crowd,” she said.

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