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Konta sets up Halep quarter-final

11 July 2017, 12:52 | Frank Carlson

Johanna Konta on brink of Wimbledon final after stunning comeback by Danny Griffiths Published

True grit Konta celebrates as she fights back to win

Konta will face No. 2 seed Simona Halep for a place in the final four.

Halep will leapfrog Germany's Angelique Kerber in the rankings if she scuppers home hopes of a first British women's singles champion in 40 years with victory over Johanna Konta on Tuesday at the All England Club.

JOHANNA KONTA survived another three-set thriller at Wimbledon to beat Caroline Garcia and become the first British woman to reach the quarter-finals in 33 years.

She finally forced a match point and Garcia put it into the net, sending Konta through to the quarter-finals. It was a high-quality powerful match between two well-matched opponents, and the third set was deadlocked until Konta finally broke Garcia's serve to win. Garcia saved a set point before Konta showed all her disapproval towards the chare umpire because a ball was called out, despite being a whisker in, and the Brit stopped playing. She was serving so well and getting first strike.

She won the first game of the decider to love but it took nine games before either managed a sniff of a break. She recites her intentions for the match and if something is missing I tell her she has forgotten it, especially if it's something important. "Big moment for Jo Konta". "Sometimes maybe he tried (coaching), but I don't know".

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"I don't want to comment about that match but I'm sorry if she felt bad", said Halep, who is unlikely to find the genteel Wimbledon crowd similar to the braying mob they last played in front of. But she remains resolutely low-key in her answers, fending off those questions in the same way she has every opponent in the Championships; that she's taking it one step at a time and still has a lot to learn.

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

The American clinched her 34th success on grass, where she made her debut in Birmingham in 2011.

Konta came through a tough test against France's Garcia in three sets, winning 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 on Court One.

The Dane matched her best performance at Wimbledon reaching the round 16 and is now 0-6 in fourth round matches here, 9-10 in her Grand Slam career.

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