Britain's Johanna Konta won through to her first semifinal since Wimbledon previous year with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Dalila Jakupovic in the WTA tour event in Nottingham-a warm-up for the lone grass-court Grand Slam.
The rematch of last year's final takes place to determine who would truly go for it all.
The Brit was able to follow this up by holding her serve, despite being issued a warning for taking too long. The Australian, who owns an 18-1 win-loss record after losing the first set this season with only comeback defeat matured against Serena Williams in Paris, opened the second with a crucial break. Konta followed this up with a flawless service game. A sixth double fault from her end gifted the game to Konta who served to extend the gap. A few big missed volleys in tight moments of the third set and an emotional letdown in the final two games was ultimately what decided the match, but Konta can look back on the week as a step in the right direction and a reason to be satisfied about her competitive level overall.
She couldn't reel in another hold giving up free points on the errors.
For Konta, again the great British women's hope for Wimbledon after reaching the semi-finals a year ago, it should have been a delight to be back on grass after her familiar struggles on the Roland Garros clay.
"It was definitely challenging", Konta said to Annabelle Croft when asked about the time on and off the court.
"It is never easy with a rain delay, so I am very happy to have battled through, to keep my mind on the task at hand and do the best I can with the conditions".
"She has defintely improved a lot since past year as well, is playing incredibly well and so it is going to be a tough match for me, and I am looking forward to that". Sound off your opinions in the comments section below!