Konta becomes first British woman into last eight since 1984

Randall Padilla
July 11, 2017

Sydney and Miami 2017 champion Konta is now set to play against the victor between Romanian Simona Halep, seeded No.2, and Belarus Victoria Azarenka, former World No.1.

Despite the setback, it was Konta who took the opening set 7-6 (7-3) after regaining her composure to take a 1-0 lead.

She is the first British woman to reach the last eight at SW19 since Jo Durie in 1984.

Konta kept her error count down to just five in the first set and dominated the tie-break, after failing to serve out at 5-4. "Just after the match that day, I said sorry if she felt bad".

Both were playing in the last-16 at the All England Club for the first time but it was Konta who advanced to the quarter-finals.

She won the first game of the decider to love but it took nine games before either managed a sniff of a break.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

Speaking afterwards, a beaming Konta said, "It was a tough match to play".

"So I feel that I have more experience and I hope I will not think that much during the match". She's a good player but I know that it's going to be a very hard match.

Garcia bounced back quickly, though, at the start of the second, getting a double break for 5-1.

The Frenchwoman Andy Murray predicted as a potential number 1 in 2011, after missing four chances broke to 2-1 as Konta overhit a forehand before slamming a return into the net.

The two displayed similar aggressive games, going for winers throughout.

The brilliant down the line victor that made her reduce the gap to 3-5 was too little and came too late. Konta's strategy is clear, she's meant to hit the ball early and maintain the depth dictating the points and moving her opponent. On big points, Konta demonstrated a real show of determination and nerves and is now one of the clear favourites for the title. Only Caroline Wozniacki can prevent that from happening in her quarter of the draw, which is part of the top half.

But that long wait has now come to an end as No6 seed Konta continued her magical tournament with a hard-fought 7-6 4-6 6-4 victory.

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