Nature Valley Open, Nottingham QF Preview
?? (4) Johanna Konta vs. ?? Dalila Jakupovic
Johanna Konta continues her quest for the Nottingham title on Friday with a quarter-final showdown with Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupovic. This will be the first career meeting between Konta and Jakupovic, the pair both bring good form into this match having won their first few matches this week in straight sets. Nevertheless, this is a big mismatch on paper, Konta will enter this match as an overwhelming favourite.
Johanna Konta is into just her second quarter-final of 2018. It has been a mostly disappointing season for Konta but she will be hoping to turn her fortunes around on the grass in front of her home fans. Konta reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year, there is no doubt that grass can be a very dangerous surface for the Brit. Konta started her Nottingham campaign with a 6-2 6-3 win over Kurumi Nara before surviving a tough test as she beat compatriot Heather Watson 6-4 7-5. Given the state of the draw, Konta is to be considered one of the main contenders to win the title from here, if she were to capture the title it would be a much needed confidence booster heading into the bigger grass court events.
Dalila Jakupovic is also into her second quarter-final of 2018, her first career quarter-final on a grass court. Jakupovic started her Nottingham campaign with a 7-6 6-2 upset victory over the 8th seeded Camila Giorgi before defeating Poland’s Magdalena Frech 6-4 6-3.