Friday, 21 July, 2017

Konta beats Garcia in Wimbledon last 16

Murray and Konta geared up for fourth round at Wimbledon Wimbledon 2017: Into the finishing straight
Heather Davidson | 11 July, 2017, 00:54

Mum Oracene applauded her legendary daughter reaching the 38th Grand Slam quarter-final. She goes on to face Simona Halep, the Romanian second seed.

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.

Although she has reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in the past, Halep has a hard matchup on Monday at the Grand Slam.

Azarenka is not playing at an overwhelmingly dominant level. A lot of people are going to look at her run so far and think that she's been on the brink too much. Simona Halep is now a win away from becoming the new world number 1.

Halep controlled the game reducing the errors while signs of rust surfaced in Azarenka's game.

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.

Much like Konta's epic match with Vekic, by the third set the two players were exhausted and the set looked to be going entirely with serve. When Garcia had another set point, she appeared to hit it long, the ball was called out but then called in on review, to Konta's huge frustration.

Garcia, in an interview with French sports newspaper L'Equipe, defended herself when she said she felt she was showing her patriotism every time her country's name appeared by her own at tournaments.

Garcia had beaten Konta, also in three sets, at Indian Wells in March but she is yet to beat a top-10 player at a Grand Slam and this time it was Konta's serve, and nerve, that came up trumps. She is performing well in the clutch, but her timing is still in the process of coming back.

Konta was always on top in the first set despite having to take it via a tie break but then lost five games in a row en route to losing the second.

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.

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