Konta and Svitolina exit at Birmingham event

The Briton will now play at Eastbourne where she will hope for a good run in the last event before Wimbledon starts. And that's it. I didn't even realise she was going to retire.

As Konta described it, it was two extremes out on court: "I think, unfortunately in my case I think it was a bit of the two ends of the spectrum. So the good thing about that is we know maybe how to manage more when you go winning into a tournament, and you've been there before, so you know what to do".

"I mean overall I think I did a reasonable job at continuing to try and just continue to really do the best that I could, but it definitely wasn't almost good enough".

"I think I actually played two good matches here". But it's unfortunate, the timing, and hopefully I can recover as soon as possible.

"I think I did a reasonable job of playing as well as I could after that but it was nowhere near enough".

"She is on a roll so I am expecting a tough one", said Mladenovic.

The other semi-final is an all-Czech contest between Fed Cup team mates and good friends Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon singles champion, and Lucie Safarova, a former semi-finalist at the Championships.

"I was making her earn every service game, that was my focus".

The post match interview with Konta took a turn when a Daily Mirror reporter asked her if a second loss to a lower ranked opponent in a short space of time was a blow to her Wimbledon preparations.

Konta's early exit from the French Open allowed her both to begin her grass preparations early and to continue making over the flat she bought in London at the end of past year. She was out-played and out-powered by a grass-court natural - who has just appointed Pat Cash as her coach. I think last week I played five great matches.

Giorgi won six of the last seven games to triumph 6-4 4-6 6-2 over Svitolina, who said she was hampered by a sore foot.

  • Julie Sanders