Johanna Konta beats Caroline Garcia to reach Wimbledon quarterfinals

Emmett Rice
July 11, 2017

"It was a very close match".

But ultimately it was the French star who gaffed at the worst time for Konta to prevail and set up a clash tomorrow with either Simone Halep or Victoria Azarenka.

On the home crowd, Konta added: "They were incredible".

There was a slight blip when serving for the set at 5-1 as Azarenka earned a break back, but it only delayed what had always been an inevitable Halep win as once again the former world number one contrived to cough up cheap points on serve and, with it, the match.

But the former Wimbledon semi-finalist believes her game is much more formidable now than it was during her last run in south-west three years ago.

Much like Konta's epic match with Vekic, by the third set the two players were exhausted and the set looked to be going entirely with serve. In the final set, Konta finished with 11 winners and only two errors.

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She had crawled over the line but Konta's first serve and forehand were both breaking down and it was not such a surprise when Garcia took a 5-1 lead in the second.

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

In her first four rounds she has shared the spotlight with Andy Murray but with the men's and women's singles now running on alternate days, she finds herself all alone in the full and burning glare of national expectation.

Konta, the British No 1, won through 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-4 on court one and became the first British woman into last eight at the All England Club since Jo Durie in 1984.

"When I was a little girl, and even now, I dreamt of being in these battles and on the big stages". I'm playing against an incredibly tough opponent next.

"I approach pressure in a very self-imposed way".

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