In Nottingham, a British duo battles its way to the quarter-finals of the Viking Open.


In Nottingham, a British duo battles its way to the quarter-finals of the Viking Open.

Johanna Konta and Katie Boulter, both from the United Kingdom, advanced to the quarter-finals of the Viking Open in Nottingham.

Konta and Boulter began their Wimbledon preparations early by traveling to a low-key event in the Midlands, and it appears that their efforts are paying off as they made good progress.

Konta, the British number one and top seed, put forth a terrific showing against Kateryna Kozlova, winning a tumultuous match 6-2 1-6 6-3.

Konta, who has had a mixed 2021 season so far and recently separated with her coach Dimitri Zavialoff, is relieved to have crossed the finish line in such a close match.

“It was an extremely difficult contest. She’s doing great on the court and has beaten some very excellent players here, so she’s doing well,” she said.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy match, and it proved to be such.

“I’m simply incredibly thrilled to have fought hard and come out on top in a match like that; this season has been fantastic for me. I’m overjoyed to be here. This is the biggest crowd I’ve played in two years, and it’s jam-packed.”

In the last eight, Konta will face Alison Van Uytvanck, a two-time runner-up at this event.

Boulter will be even more happy with her week after securing only her third quarter-final appearance on the WTA Tour.

The 24-year-old is on the mend after a catastrophic back injury and then the coronavirus pandemic halted her career, and she put up an amazing effort to defeat compatriot Heather Watson.

After a tiebreak determined the first set, Boulter sprinted away in the second to win 7-6 (4) 6-3.

“I love this court, I have played some very amazing matches on here and I am really happy of myself, I thought it was a really fantastic match,” Boulter, who is perhaps playing her best tennis since attaining a career-high ranking of 82 before her injury, said.

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