Johanna Konta beats Caroline Garcia to reach Wimbledon quarterfinals

Posted July 11, 2017

Johanna Konta will face Simon Halep in the Wimbledon quarter-finals after beating Caroline Garcia in three tight sets on Monday.

"She is in impressive form, it's hard to get any rhythm when she's serving so well and gets her first strike in". She is performing well in the clutch, but her timing is still in the process of coming back.

It was also during the tie that Romania coach Ilie Nastase was expelled from the court after swearing at officials, as well as towards Great Britain captain Anne Keothavong and Konta.

After the contest, a clearly emotional Konta admitted just how tricky it has been to get past her French opponent.

"But sometimes people can say bad things and when you're a little bit down it can bring you even more down, so you have to be careful".

"Absolutely loved the reaction from Konta when she won".

Konta has neither forgiven nor forgotten Halep's team-mate Sorana Cirstea, who was outspoken in her criticism of the British number one, after their tie was suspended when Nastase unleashed a torrent of abusive language and stoked up the home crowd.

"It'll be a really tough match". "Again, there's a lot of work to be done to be in a position to be playing for the Wimbledon title".

"I'm not thinking about the ranking because I was in that situation one more time", she said.

"I'm going to need one match". It's important to get a feeling of the atmosphere. "I'm not expecting it to be emotional but I am expecting a battle".

She spoke of Centre Court as being "mythical" but the world number 21 must wait for her turn there.

Her level dipped in the second as French star Garcia's rose, and at 5-1 it looked a foregone conclusion.

"It's going to be a big challenge for me".

"The work is paying off and it's good to see the wins coming one after the other, especially in the big tournaments where it was an aim of mine to be able to seize the chances to go further in the draw".

Venus, the eight oldest woman to win back to back matches at the All England Club, made the difference winning 18 out 27 rallies under four shots, looking fairly unstoppable from the beginning.