Olympic adventure ends for Konta but Olver fights on in badminton doubles

Heather Olver
Heather Olver

There were defeats for Eastbourne olympians Johanna Konta and Heather Olver last night.

Konta bowed out of the women’s singles tennis having progressed to the last eight.

The British No.1 was beaten 6-1, 6-2 in windy conditions against German Angelique Kerber.

Kerber has been in brilliant form this season and she will play American Madison Keys in the semi-final. Keys beat Russia’s Daria Kasatkina 6-3 6-1 in her last eight match while the other semi-final will see two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova take on Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.

Konta’s day was made worse in the evening when she made a first-round exit from the mixed doubles competition, losing 6-4 6-3 alongside Jamie Murray against American pairing Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

In the badminton doubles Olver and her partner Lauren Smith lost their group C match 21-17 24-22, to Vivian Kah Mun Hoo & Khe Wei Woon of Malaysia. Their next match, which is a must win if they are to stay in Rio is against Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii of Indonesia (Tomorrow, 3.30pm).

Olver said, “It’s a disappointing. We’ve never actually beaten them but have always come close. We played well but we’re going to have to up it again for the next two matches.

“It’s just a shame we couldn’t have taken that second set and in the third anything could have happened. We played well but both knew that was a crucial match if we wanted to progress further.”