Johanna Konta won a place at the Wimbledon semi-final table on Tuesday in a feast of tension-filled tennis, powering past Simona Halep in three epic sets to become the first British woman to reach the last four in nearly 40 years. It'll maybe be on Centre Court. Both Halep and Cirstea played down Konta's claims, before the world No. 2 cruised past the Brit the following day to steer Romania to victory.
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.
While guarded about her private life, she admits to enjoying the "watching movies, reading and the occasional shopping spree" while also taking gelato "very seriously".
This was another contest between two very well-matched opponents and going deep into the final set it felt very much like Konta's epic second round defeat of Donna Vekic.
Konta couldn't hide her frustration when told of Halep's unsympathetic attitude. "That's the approach and the effort I put into every single match that I play". "But I don't think Venus will choke, so I think that Konta will have to win the match, but I think it's absolutely on the cards". Because he said, We can not replay. She's a fighter. I'm sure she was using the crowd.
Halep didn't exactly soothe Konta's wounds ahead of their last eight clash, saying, "In my opinion, the public was very fair".
"I just always felt like I have to keep trying", said Williams, who repeatedly took advantage of Ostapenko's second serves at around 70 miles per hour (110 kph). But the rest was nice atmosphere.
"I've always believed in my own ability". Konta has beaten her twice at the WTA Tour level, an now once in a Slam.
But sixth seed Konta said: "My next battle is all I have got my mind on". The five-time Wimbledon champion saluted her 255th Grand Slam win (her 255-66 record is the fifth in the Open Era behind Navratilova, Evert, Graf and her sister Serena) with a twirl at the net. I'm definitely digesting things a bit still.
"I don't think there's anything different that's happening".
And her selfie-service after that was just as good. We played in Indian Wells. Usually that's a good principle to follow, but when it's windy let the ball bounce and then hit your overhead.
Ostapenko goes for her shots as if she's got a train to catch. But she seems to be handling it well. Her elbow is tucked in so tight it nearly looks like it's part of her body. "It's fine to be the last British women's victor to win Wimbledon, but it's better to have plenty of British players to win".
However, Richard Lewis, the All England Club's chief executive, insisted the decision placing more men's matches on the tournament's high profile courts was simply a reflection of what spectators want to see. "So really it's just about playing that game better and see where you find openings on that day". On Monday, he faces the unseeded Benoit Paire, and a semi-final berth at least looks like a distinct possibility. "But right now I'm in the quarterfinal stage".
The 26-year-old added: "It's humbling that I have such champions thinking so highly of me". But who is the star of British women's tennis?
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