Dramatic double for Konta as Halep's No.1 hopes dashed

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Britain's Johanna Konta enjoyed an extraordinary day, beating French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko then overcoming a bad fall to defeat world number one Angelique Kerber and reach the semi-finals of the Aegon International at Eastbourne on Thursday.

With Kerber losing, Simona Halep could have taken over the German's top spot in the world rankings if she had gone on to reach the final of this event but the Romanian missed out by losing to Caroline Wozniacki in three sets.

Two days of rain delays at the south coast grass court event had left a punishing two-match schedule for most of the players but Konta rose brilliantly to the challenge, first overcoming Ostapenko 7-5 3-6 6-4 before later eclipsing Kerber 6-3 6-4.

Kerber was so concerned that she came around the net to help her distraught opponent yet, remarkably, the groggy Konta rejoined the fray and won the next two points to set up a semi-final on Friday against Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova, who beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7(7) 6-2 6-4 in their quarter-final.

Konta, set to become the first British woman ranked in the world's top 10 at Wimbledon since 1984, had earlier rallied from a break down in the deciding set to end newly-crowned French Open champion Ostapenko's eight-match winning streak.

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