Composed Konta quells Garcia to make history at home

Konta makes history by beating Garcia to reach quarter-finals

Konta reached the rarified air of the All England Club's last eight with a professional and nerveless 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 victory over France's Caroline Garcia.

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

Not since Jo Durie in 1984 has this country boasted a female in the last eight of the singles but Konta was made to work hard for her progress by a player Andy Murray once labelled a future world number one.

Konta will face either former world number one Victoria Azarenka or second seeded Simona Halep for a place in the semi-finals.

"I don't want to comment about that match but I'm sorry if she felt bad", said Halep, who is unlikely to find the genteel Wimbledon crowd similar to the braying mob they last played in front of.

Konta reeled off three games to make it a contest but Garcia was never going to be so generous to throw away two breaks of serve and wrapped it up with an emphatic smash. I really believe in myself that I can win every match I play.

Into the decider it went and as the match clock crossed the two-hour mark, with both players looking unbeatable on serve, it looked as if it may rival Konta's 3hr10mins second-round epic against Donna Vekic.

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. She started the match in the best possible way, breaking Garcia in the first game of the afternoon, returning with more powerful than Garcia could handle. "Again, there's a lot of work to be done to be in a position to be playing for the Wimbledon title". But right now I'm only at the quarter-final stage.

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



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