Simona Halep, Johanna Konta advance to Wimbledon quarterfinals

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Such is the case for Johanna Konta and Simona Halep in their meeting in the last eight of the women's draw on Tuesday.

Halep did her best to avoid the topic when cross-examined after her confident 7-6, 6-2 win over double Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka.

Johanna Konta has reiterated that she relishes being involved in tough contests on the biggest stages.

Konta described it as "pretty special" to match Durie's feat but she will justifiably now have another long-standing record in her sights, that of Virginia Wade - the last British woman to win Wimbledon in 1977.

The home favourite started like a train, winning eight out of the first 10 points, but she was aided too by a nervy Garcia who flashed a smash long in her opening service game.




Konta, serving for the set, saved two break points and then squandered a set point of her own, but her frustration grew moments later when Garcia clinched the game with a successful challenge. The Romanian showed a dominting display during the tiebreak she sealed at the first chance when Azarenka sprayed a forehand wide. I don't think there was much in that again today. Simona Halep is now a win away from becoming the new world number 1. She is still showing signs of rust in her comeback after maternity leave. 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 enormous frustration. She is performing well in the clutch, but her timing is still in the process of coming back. She's a good player but I know that it's going to be a very hard match.

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.

"I know there is a lot of coaching on court", she said.

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. The instructions, however, didn't prevent Garcia to come back in the second set.

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