Zheng outs Konta in Nottingham, Barty into quarter-finals


There will be no tournament victory on home soil for Johanna Konta this week after she was beaten by Zheng Saisai in the second round of the Nottingham Open.

Konta has risen to number 18 in the world, but the Australian Open semi-finalist was unable to make a strong start to the grass-court season as she went down 6-4 7-5 to the unseeded Zheng on Thursday.

Zheng, ranked 68 places below the British number one, fought back from 2-0 down in the opening set with two breaks of serve to get her nose in front.

Second seed Konta was a break up at 4-2 in the second, but again relinquished her advantage and was treated for a niggle to her pelvis before being consigned to defeat.

Zheng will play Tara Moore in the quarter-finals following the Briton's surprise 6-2 6-2 defeat of eighth seed Christina McHale.

Elsewhere, Ashleigh Barty booked her first WTA quarter-final for three years.

The Australian qualifier opted to resume her tennis career after a 17-month absence from the sport earlier this year and is making up for lost time this week.

Barty, 20, moved into the last eight with a 6-0 4-6 6-4 victory over Andrea Hlavackova to set up a meeting with Karolina Pliskova, while lucky loser Tamira Paszek progressed when Magdalena Rybarikova retired at 6-3 3-1 down.