Svitolina pondering missing Wimbledon with foot injury after Birmingham defeat

Elina Svitolina’s place at Wimbledon is in doubt after the world number five was troubled by a foot injury during her defeat to Camila Giorgi at the Aegon Classic on Thursday.It is only a month since the 22-year-old Ukrainian tasted the euphoria of winning the Italian Open in Rome, but while struggling with injury, Svitolina slid to a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 second-round defeat to a player ranked outside the top 100.”There is a question about it”, Svitolina admitted. “I will talk with my physios”, Svitolina said.”The heel feels painful and is very sensitive”.Elina Svitolina, who never expected to be the favourite to win a grass-court tournament, began her bid to justify her elevation to top seed by overcoming Briton Heather Watson in the first round in Birmingham on Monday.The Italian now has an enticing opportunity to enhance that reputation, as she will have a quarter-final against another surprise survivor, Ashleigh Barty, a 21-year-old Australian making her first appearance in the main draw. “I lost to a player who played better than me on the day”.Konta lost the final of the Nottingham Open four days previously, and showed little sign of being able to contain Vandeweghs’s impressively big game. Giorgi’s commitment to aggression paid off, as her margin of winners to unforced errors (47) was better balanced than Svitolina, who committed 34 unforced errors.”It’s one of the biggest things in my game, and that’s why, you know, when I have a small pain, it’s really damaging on my game because I need to start off quickly, and today, as you can see, I was so slow”, Svitolina said.”I all the time was late with my feet, you know, not there”.Vandeweghe faces Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the last eight after her 6-1 6-4 win over Alison Riske.”Everything is equal right now”, she said.The tournament’s other former Grand Slam champion, Petra Kvitova, twice a Wimbledon victor, learned that her quarter-final opponent will be Kristina Mladenovic, who ended Muguruza’s French Open title defence a fortnight ago.Fifth seed Kristina Mladenovic completes the quarter-final line up after a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) win over Shuai Zhang, the Frenchwoman setting up a meeting with two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.