Wimbledon 2019: Johanna Konta into quarter-finals after beating Petra Kvitova

Wimbledon 2019: Johanna Konta into quarter-finals after beating Petra Kvitova

Wimbledon 2019: Johanna Konta into quarter-finals after beating Petra Kvitova

Top seed Ashleigh Barty, Serena Williams and Britain's last remaining singles hope Johanna Konta are all in action as well as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

And though Konta underwent running repairs on her left foot, she served out the second set comfortably enough.

Johanna Konta positioned herself as a title contender at Wimbledon by knocking out two-time former champion Petra Kvitova to reach the quarter-finals for the second time. She then saved two break points at 4-4 with strong serving before breaking Konta to win the opening set.

Including results at this tournament coming into this match, Konta had won 31 times on grass over the past four seasons, more than any other player on tour, and her comfort on the surface served her well.

Even the sport's ubiquitous topspin was only an occasional visitor as the Czech opened her grip and slammed each ball flat and hard - for a clean victor or a shot flying out the back.

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"Equally today, I'm really pleased that I got to play an entertaining match for them, as well, because I felt they enjoyed the match".

"I'm not one to really compare myself to myself or to anything really", she said.

Konta found it hard to serve the match out - unable to claim victory when she had two match points at 5-2 in the final set, going on to lose the game. She's one of my role models, so it was just cool to see that she knows I exist. "It was something that is incredibly special to me", Konta said.

Konta will undoubtedly be the favourite against 33-year-old Strycova, ranked 54, although the Czech did win their only previous meeting in Tokyo two years ago.

Something between a sigh and a groan escaped from the crowd as Kvitova pumped her fist and stalked back to her chair leaving Konta to wonder what had just happened and the British crowd to start contemplating what might have been. "It's nice to be in the quarter-finals of a slam again". "She knows how to mix up the game".

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