Wimbledon 2017: Britain’s Johanna Konta overcomes Caroline Garcia challenge to reach maiden quarterfinal

Johanna Konta kept British hopes of a first Women’s Singles Champion at Wimbledon since 1977 alive after she came through a tough three set battle with 21st seed Caroline Garcia 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals.

The British number one has become the first British woman to reach the last eight at SW19 since Jo Durie in 1984 but was severely tested against the talented Frenchwoman on ‘Manic Monday’ at the All England Club. The sixth seed squandered a break late in the first set but regrouped to take in a tiebreak but was completely outclassed for the majority of the second set. In the decider one break in the final game of the match proved to be decisive to secure a historic win for Konta.

Next up for the Brit in the quarterfinals is the second seed Simona Halep after she recovered from an early break down to defeat Victoria Azarenka 7-6(3), 6-2 and move just one win away from becoming world number one for the first time in her career.

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Wimbledon 2017: Johanna Konta starts campaign with straight sets revenge win over Su-Wei Hsieh

British number one Johanna Konta got her Wimbledon campaign off to the perfect start with a straight sets win over Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-2 after just one hour and four minutes.

The sixth seed wobbled early on but settled after the opening four games to win four more games in a row to establish a one set lead. The Brit rode the wave of momentum in the second set and claimed another five games in a row to take full control and booked her place in the second round with an ace on her third match point.

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WTA Eastbourne: Johanna Konta defeats Angelique Kerber to earn first win over a world number one in her career

Johanna Konta secured her first win over a world number one in her career after she defeated Angelique Kerber in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 despite suffering a heavy fall in the closing stages of the match at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

The Brit reached the semifinals in her home town tournament for the second year in a row and dominated the majority of the match against the German top seed. The fifth seed broke serve three times in the opening set and recovered from a break down in the second to close in on victory.

With Kerber serving to stay in it down 5-4 she had already saved two match points before Konta hit the deck during a rally on the third match point. The British number one hit the court with real force and banged her head in the process as she burst into floods of tears. Thankfully after a nearly 10 minute timeout she was able to calm herself down and with the support of the crowd continue the match. The Brit needed to play just two more points to close out victory in dramatic fashion.

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WTA Nottingham: Donna Vekic bounces back to win the Aegon Open with victory over Johanna Konta

Donna Vekic celebrated winning her first WTA grass court title and the second of her career overall after she came back from a set down to stun top seed and British hope Johanna Konta 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 at the Aegon Open in Nottingham.

The 20-year-old was closer to the Brit than the scoreline suggests in the first set and managed to turn game points into conversions in the second which helped her get over the disappointment of missing out on three set points during the set to take it on a tiebreak. Vekic broke immediately in the final set but the world number eight came back midway through to make it anybody’s title to win at five games all. It was at that point which the Croat raised her level to new heights which Konta was unable to reach and as a result she sealed victory and lifted the Elena Baltacha Trophy for the first time.

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EXCLUSIVE: Johanna Konta confident ahead of Aegon Open final

Johanna Konta will seek to become just the second British woman to win a WTA grass court event in the UK on Sunday when she faces Donna Vekic at the Aegon Open in Nottingham.

Virginia Wade was the only other player to do so back in 1975 in Eastbourne, but the world number eight is enjoying her tennis and is confident that she can join her as part of British Tennis history.

Konta defeated Magdalena Rybarikova in the semifinals in straight sets 6-2, 7-5 and felt as though she handled the task of taking on an in-form player very well. “She’s a very effective player on the grass and has come into this tournament with an 100K win on the grass, (in Surbiton) so she was full of confidence”, said the British number one. “She definitely played like that as well so I was happy that I was able to adjust and get stuck into match as much as I could and I felt I competed well”, she added.

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WTA Nottingham: Britain’s Johanna Konta reaches the final with victory over Magdalena Rybarikova

Johanna Konta has become the first British woman to reach the final in Nottingham when it has been a WTA event since Virginia Wade in 1973 following her semifinal victory over Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 7-5 at the Aegon Open.

The Brit is yet to drop a set en route to the final as she seeks her first grass court title and won five games in a row to come from 2-1 down to cruise through the opening set. The second set was a much tougher battle, with Rybarikova coming back from a break down to make the set go deep. The Slovakian was just two points away from forcing a decider in the 10th game, but the top seed held her nerve, secured a break in the following game and served it out to book her place in the first grass court final of her career.

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WTA Nottingham: Johanna Konta advances to semifinals with victory over Ashleigh Barty

Johanna Konta kept her strong run going on home soil at the Aegon Open with another straight sets win this time over Ashleigh Barty 6-3, 7-5 in Nottingham.

The top seed’s depth with her ground strokes in tricky conditions gave her a good start against her Australian opponent, with two breaks of serve helping her take the first set. The world number eight went down a break early in the second set but rallied back and despite having two match points in the 10th game and managed to hang in and secure victory in the 12th.

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