World number nine Konta easily claimed the first set but from then on she lost momentum. She called for an injury timeout to treat her right hip ahead of the decider but was unable to continue despite holding serve for two games.
After going off court for treatment early in the 3rd set, Jo Konta is forced to retire from her entertaining match with Elina Svitolina, who advances to the semifinal#BrisbaneTENnis pic.twitter.com/AeR6LF2X5t— #BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) January 4, 2018
"I don't feel too comfortable saying really too much because, actually, I don't know yet until tomorrow morning," Konta said. "Hopefully it's nothing more than a low-grade strain and more muscle spasm more than anything."
Wishing @JoKonta91 a super speedy recovery! pic.twitter.com/mRxAYlB9OXJanuary 4, 2018
Third seed Svitolina next plays Karolina Pliskova after the Czech defending champion ended the run of 2012 winner Kaia Kanepi 3-6 7-5 6-2. Aliaksandra Sasnovich came from behind to dump out France's Alize Cornet 3-6 6-2 6-3 and takes on Anastasija Sevastova after the Latvian eased past Aleksandra Krunic 6-2 6-4 in the other quarter-final.
Sadly @JoKonta91 had to retire in the #BrisbaneTennis Quarter-Finals against Svitolina after receiving treatment on her right hip #BackTheBrits ?? pic.twitter.com/UyYFfbgSIc— British Tennis (@BritishTennis) January 4, 2018
British No 1 Johanna Konta had to retire hurt during her Brisbane International quarter-final against Elina Svitolina: https://t.co/PXstOL6GB4 pic.twitter.com/dXycbiQ9WO— Sky Sports Tennis ? (@SkySportsTennis) January 4, 2018
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