Hip injury is a concern for Konta ahead of Sydney title defence

Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta

By Derren Howard

Eastbourne’s Johanna Konta hopes to be fit to defend her Sydney International title next week despite a hip injury that forced her retire from the Brisbane International quarter-final on Thursday.

Konta required treatment on her right hip in the third set against Elina Svitolina and called an end to the match when serving at 3-2 down. The extent of the injury is unclear but the British No 1 hopes to compete in Sydney, the city of her birth, and then the Australian Open, that starts in Melbourne on January 15.

“As of now, it’s a bit of a waiting game,” said Konta. “The most important thing now will be to get some physio treatment, have a good night’s sleep and wake up tomorrow and see where to take it from there. I will definitely give it the maximum amount of time to be able to play in Sydney.

“I started feeling it in my right hip/groin area in the second game of the third set. I felt a little bit of pain go through there. I couldn’t really load through that right leg.”

Konta had seemed on top form in Brisbane. The World No 9 beat the dangerous Madison Keys in the first round and then ousted Ajla Tomljanovic in three sets.

In the quarter-final, Konta easily took the first 6-1 but lost out 8-6 in a second set tie-break.

The 26-year-old, who suffered from a foot injury at the back end of last season, received treatment at the beginning of the third and forced to end an entertaining encounter after two hours and 12 minutes.