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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Katie Boulter makes clumsy, belated withdrawal from French Open

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Katie Boulter makes clumsy, belated withdrawal from French Open

• British No 3 misses Roland Garros with back injury
• Boulter left name in draw, then pulled out next day

Katie Boulter sent a ripple of bemusement through Roland Garros on Friday without hitting a ball, when she revealed the day after leaving her name in the draw that she was withdrawing from the tournament to rest her injured back.

The British No 3 and world No 112 will collect about £20,000 – half the first-round prize money – even though she indicated nearly three weeks ago that the injury she exacerbated in helping Great Britain beat Kazakhstan in the Federation Cup in London last month was not healing quickly enough for her to be fit for the French Open.

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Fri, 24 May 2019 17:02:04 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Johanna Konta into Kremlin Cup semi-finals after battling win

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Johanna Konta into Kremlin Cup semi-finals after battling win

  • British No 1 into second WTA semi-final of year
  • Simona Halep withdraws from WTA Finals

The British No 1 Johanna Konta battled past Aliaksandra Sasnovich in three sets at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow to make just her second WTA semi-final of the year.

After the first two sets were won 6-2, both players turned up the quality in the third but it was Konta who edged out the world No 31, 7-6 (7-2) in the decider. Konta will now play the Russian sixth seed Daria Kasatkina in the last four. The welcome win for 27-year-old comes a week after she split with her coach Michael Joyce. She is now working with Dimitri Zavialoff.

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Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:40:09 GMT

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