Wimbledon dream continues for nerveless Johanna Konta

Calvin Saunders
July 11, 2017

With current No 1 Angelique Kerber losing to Garbine Muguruza in the last 16 on Monday and second ranked Halep defeating Victoria Azarenka, the Romanian is within touching distance of taking over at the top.

Johanna Konta has become the first British woman to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon since Jo Durie in 1984 after beating Caroline Garcia 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-4 this afternoon.

But Konta has won both their previous tour encounters, including a hard-fought three set quarter-final victory on her way to her career highlight success at this year's Miami Open.

A defeat against Konta would allow Czech Karolina Pliskova, who lost in the second round, to take pole position instead.

Halep did her best to avoid the topic when cross-examined after her confident 7-6, 6-2 win over double Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka. "So we will see what is going to happen tomorrow". "It's not an easy one".

"I know there is a lot of coaching on court", she said. "I don't think so".

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Having fallen short in two Grand Slam finals and two other major semi-finals, Halep has developed a reputation as a big game choker.

There was very little between the two players as Garcia, ranked No21 in the world, matched Konta's impressive power in rallies and on serve throughout. Even at 5-4 there had not been a break point or even a deuce but then in the 10th game, with Garcia serving to make it 5-5, Konta was just too strong.

"I don't want to comment about that match but I'm sorry if she felt bad", said Halep, who is unlikely to find the genteel Wimbledon crowd similar to the braying mob they last played in front of.

"But I believe that I have a chance".

"I'm really looking forward to fact that I get to play again".

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