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

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

Sixth seed Johanna Konta became the first British woman for 33 years to make the Wimbledon quarter-finals today with a 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-4 win over France's Caroline Garcia.

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.

The Australian Open 2016 semifinalist Konta needed two hours and 12 minutes to advance into the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time.

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. "She's top 10", Halep said after denying Victoria Azarenka a quarter-final berth in the former world No.1's return to grand slam tennis after becoming a mother last December.

The Romanian faces Great Britain's Johanna Konta (6) in the last eight and will secure the number-one ranking by beating the home-crowd favourite. I really believe in myself that I can win every match I play. She saved a succession of break points with some crushing forehand winners and, second set aside, produced the big serves when needed.

Andy Murray was delighted for Johanna Konta who also marched onto the quarter-finals
GETTY Andy Murray was delighted for Johanna Konta who also marched onto the quarter-finals

"I'm going to need one match".

It was not quite as draining as Konta's second-round win over Donna Vekic, where she took the third set 10-8, but right up until Konta won it had the same feel about it.

"It's very exciting", Konta said in her postmatch press conference.

"It's those positions that I dream off, dreamt off when I was a little girl". I'm playing against an incredibly tough opponent and that's all I've got my mind on. "Again, that's an umpire's duty to, I guess, be aware of things like that".