British No2 Johanna Konta revealed she had thwarted illness on her run to the last eight of the Aegon International after the morale-boosting streak came to an end yesterday.
Konta, who beat top-15 stars Ekaterina Makarova and Garbine Muguruza on her way to the Eastbourne quarter-finals, lost 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 to Swiss 18-year-old Belinda Bencic.
“I’m really happy with the week in general, but I’ve been struggling with some things and it kind of caught up to me today,” said the Australia-born 24-year-old.
“I’ve been on antibiotics this week. I have been ill. I have been slowly getting better, but it’s difficult to get better with energy levels when you play against such high level players.”