Simona Halep, Johanna Konta advance to Wimbledon quarterfinals


Simona Halep, Johanna Konta advance to Wimbledon quarterfinals

UK's Johanna Konta celebrates winning the fourth round match against France's Caroline Garcia at Wimbledon, London July 10, 2017.

"It was such a tough match to play", said Konta.

British number one Johanna Konta admits that she was elated to edge out Caroline Garcia in three sets in order to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

"It's a bit breezy out there which made it hard for both of us but overall I'm just glad I managed to get returns in".

Great Britain has not had a female singles champion at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade lifted the title in 1977.

"I'm not thinking about the ranking because I was in that situation one more time", she said.

Johanna Konta and Simona Halep
REUTERS FAIR PLAY Halep congratulated her opponent after the match

Over three decades later, her near-namesake Konta showed equivalent composure to come through a tight three-setter that was decided by just a handful of crucial points.

The error helped Konta grab the break but Garcia soon found her range and by the end of the set it was the Frenchwoman cranking up the pressure. When Garcia had another set point, she appeared to hit it long, the ball was called out but then called in on review, to Konta's vast frustration.

Having failed to capitalise on her chances, the match began to unravel for Azarenka, and the error count continued to rise en route to gifting Halep a break for a 2-0 lead.

Konta got off to a flying start by breaking in the very first game. Konta could easily have let the second set go but she did not, fighting all the way back to 5-4, including a break-back, before Garcia served out for 6-4.

Konta surged back to 5-4 and while Garcia held her nerve at the second time of asking to serve out, it felt like the momentum had returned to the Briton.

Serving to stay in the match, Garcia watched a backhand pass sail past her before a missed backhand of her own gave Konta match point.



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