Wimbledon 2017: Johanna Konta beats Caroline Garcia to reach last eight

Tammy Harvey
July 11, 2017

A nerveless Johanna Konta worked her way into the quarter finals of Wimbledon with a three set victory against Caroline Garcia of France.

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. Even though her chances are much lower than others, a Monday upset of talented but erratic Svetlana Kuznetsova is hardly out of the question, and if Radwanska can pull it off, she could face Garbine Muguruza in the quarterfinals.

It is 44 years since Britain had a man and woman in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, and 33 years since Jo Durie was Britain's last woman to make it that far.

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.

"I want to win more, not just one match".

But Halep isn't going to let herself be distracted by thoughts of moving into first place because she would rather win a maiden Grand Slam title at the All England Club.

Garcia quickly sorted out her game and it became a match of who would blink first. She recites her intentions for the match and if something is missing I tell her she has forgotten it, especially if it's something important. But again Konta showed her remarkable mettle and focus, as well as her power and consistency, to overcome a skilful opponent. "Sometimes maybe he tried (coaching), but I don't know".

Konta was reduced to tears and temporarily left the court after claiming she was verbally intimidated by Romanian fans during her singles match with Sorana Cirstea in Constanta.

Her level dipped in the second as French star Garcia's rose, and at 5-1 it looked a foregone conclusion.

The two displayed similar aggressive games, going for winers throughout. Only Caroline Wozniacki can prevent that from happening in her quarter of the draw, which is part of the top half. But she remains resolutely low-key in her answers, fending off those questions in the same way she has every opponent in the Championships; that she's taking it one step at a time and still has a lot to learn.

Konta sealed the first set with a 108mph ace, taking the tie break 7-3.

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