Eastbourne - Caroline Wozniacki had to battle hard to book her place in the quarter-finals at the Eastbourne WTA tournament on Wednesday as the Danish top seed beat Britain's Johanna Konta 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Wozniacki, who ended years of frustration in the Grand Slams by winning the Australian Open title earlier this year, recorded her first win in three meetings with Konta in what is a key warm-up tournament for Wimbledon, which gets underway next Monday.
Konta's defeat would have been especially painful as Eastbourne is where she lives for most of the time when she is not on tour.
Wozniacki, the world No 2, will face tough opposition in the next round in the shape of Australian Ashleigh Barty, who beat Konta in the final on grass at Nottingham earlier this month.
"Jo played really well and she loves the grass," said Wozniacki.
"After the first set I think I got a little bit more of a rhythm and I played better. I was lucky to get it in the end.
"We both played really well and I was just out there trying to get one more ball into the court and stay aggressive with the serves and returns.
"She's (Barty) a tricky opponent, especially on grass. I practiced with her earlier this week. We'll see."
Wozniacki's path to the Eastbourne title appeared a little clearer when earlier on Wednesday two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova withdrew due to a hamstring injury which the Czech first felt when she won in Birmingham last Sunday.
The home crowd were to be treated immediately afterwards by a battle of two British stars, former world No 1 Andy Murray and the man who replaced him as national number one Kyle Edmund.
Murray, who beat Stan Wawrinka in his first round clash on Monday to suggest he is getting back into some kind of rhythm after missing 11 months through a hip injury and subsequent operation, is yet to make his mind up if he is to compete at Wimbledon where he has been champion twice.
Eastbourne ATP and WTA results on Wednesday (x denotes seeded player):
Lukas Lacko (SVK) bt Diego Schwartzman (ARG x1) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
Cameron Norrie (GBR) bt Jay Clarke (GBR) 6-4, 6-3
Marco Cecchinato (ITA x4) bt Denis Istomin (UZB) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
Mischa Zverev (GER) bt Steve Johnson (USA x7) 6-3, 6-3
Denis Shapovalov (CAN x3) bt Jared Donaldson (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x1) bt Johanna Konta (GBR x13) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Ashleigh Barty (AUS x8) bt Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 6-0, 6-4
Angelique Kerber (GER x4) bt Danielle Collins (USA) 6-1, 6-1
Darya Kasatkina (RUS x7) bt Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x11) 6-4, 6-4
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT x5) bt Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROM) 6-1, 6-2
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) bt Petra Kvitova (CZE x3) - walkover
Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) bt Elise Mertens (BEL x9) 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4)