Britain's Konta through to Wimbledon quarter final after beating former champion Kvitova

Britain's Konta through to Wimbledon quarter final after beating former champion Kvitova

The 29-year-old, who has also knocked out Donna Vekic and Belinda Bencic in a giant-killing run, is through to the quarter-finals of a slam for the first time, where she could face Serena Williams. Johanna Konta had a chance to serve out for the set after 4-4.

Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, has yet to drop a set this campaign and Konta said she was looking forward to playing a "great champion".

She had reached the brink of victory after winning five games in a row, and was more assured in her final service game, clinching the deciding set.

She has faced Czech world number 54 Strycova just once before, losing in straight sets on a hard court in Tokyo in 2017.

Seventh seed Simona Halep is the highest-ranked player left but Konta rejected the idea that this is a golden opportunity, saying: "Every person that's still in the draw, there's a reason why they're still in the draw".

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.

Konta insisted she had not been as tense as the crowd, saying: "I actually felt quite fine".

They gelled well in their first crowd-pleasing display on Saturday, but they still need to sort out one issue - their nickname. I mean, the balls were coming through quick.

"There's not much that I did wrong there.

I think ultimately I am so proud of myself for the way I handled myself in this match". Johanna Konta took the momentum in the final set after winning the second as she earned an early break in the third game. She's one of my role models, so it was just cool to see that she knows I exist.

"She's a very crafty player", Konta said. "It was something that is incredibly special to me", Konta said.

If Konta can beat Strycova, she would face the victor of the match between Williams and Riske, who beat world number one Ashleigh Barty to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final. During the win, Strycova impressed her receiving. She knows how to play on this surface. Halep, though, has experience of the latter stages at Wimbledon, reaching the semi-finals in 2014 and two quarter-finals since then.

"Equally how I'm doing so far, I'm just really pleased with the level I'm playing, how I'm competing, how I'm really just trying to find a way in each match that I play". "She knows how to mix up the game".

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