Simona Halep, Johanna Konta advance to Wimbledon quarterfinals

"It was a very close match".

The 26-year-old sixth seed goes on to face second seed Simona Halep or Victoria Azarenka.

Halep has already squandered one chance to dethrone Kerber recently when she blew a strong position to lose the French Open final against Jelena Ostapenko.

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

But at 5-4 down, Garcia's resolve finally cracked when she walloped an easy forehand into the net to hand the tie to Konta on her one and only match point.

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 really believe in myself that I can win every match I play. It was a high-quality powerful match between two well-matched opponents, and the third set was deadlocked until Konta finally broke Garcia's serve to win.

"There was very little between us today, I was happy to be able to compete and not pay too much attention to the good things she was doing but pay attention to the good things I was doing".

It was such a tough match to play, she is in impressive form, it's hard to get any rhythm when she's serving so well and gets her first strike in.

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.

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.

"I've dreamed of it ever since I was a little girl, to be a Grand Slam champion". But right now I'm in the quarterfinal stage.

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


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