Johanna Konta elated to edge out 'in-form' Caroline Garcia

Johanna Konta elated to edge out 'in-form' Caroline Garcia

Johanna Konta elated to edge out 'in-form' Caroline Garcia

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 bottom half has the steadier veterans: Venus Williams, Simona Halep, and Victoria Azarenka, plus home-nation favorite Konta and young French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Caroline Garcia insisted she did not see her father signaling to her from the coaching box during her fourth-round loss to Johanna Konta at Wimbledon on Monday. 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 26-year-old maintained she was not playing against a crowd (indeed, it will be on her side this time around) or a past experience, but another tennis player - and a top one at that.

Konta, serving for the set, saved two break points and then squandered a set point of her own, but her frustration grew moments later when Garcia clinched the game with a successful challenge. Simona Halep is now a win away from becoming the new world number 1.

"I didn't talk much about that subject with her", Halep said.

Feeling her error had been prompted by the out-call, Konta briefly protested but she quickly recovered and stormed into a 3-0 lead in the tie-break.

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The brilliant down the line victor that made her reduce the gap to 3-5 was too little and came too late.

Konta fell to her knees in celebration, saying afterwards: "It was such a tough match to play".

The former number 1, bidding to clinch her 29th top 5 win, the first since 2016 Miami, barely avoided the bagel before saving a match point and breaking to 2-5 with a clean volley, her 20th victor of the match.

Sixth seed Konta won 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-4 on Court One to reach her third Grand Slam quarter-final.

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

"There are tactical messages but also some mental messages of what I feel is important that day.Five minutes before she goes out on court she repeats the messages back to me".

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