Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

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

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

Djokovic sealed the opener with a service victor in game nine for a 6-3 after 32 minutes and moved in front with a break at love at 1-1 in set number two.

By contrast, Konta - tightened by the prospect of serving to stay in the set - started hitting stiff-armed forehand wide of the court and all her good work of the opening set was promptly undone.

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.

The British number one weathered an early storm in a battle of fierce hitting from both players and was on the verge of victory at 5-1 in the final set. The Frenchman gave serve away again at 2-4 following another great return from Novak who grabbed the set 6-2 after a backhand error from Humbert, moving a set from the victory after 67 minutes.

The key moments came in the next game on Konta's serve, which she finally held after saving two break points.

Two years after setting British fans dreaming of a first home female singles champion since Virginia Wade with her run to the semi-finals, Konta is once again into the latter stages.

It was "small margins in the end", she told the BBC.

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"It's fine", she said. So I was happy to stick with what I was doing well.

Admittedly, just as in her thrilling third-round match against Sloane Stephens, Konta did it the hard way by coming from a set down.

The muscles in her left forearm are so badly strained that she is not able to practise; she is merely taken out of metaphorical bubble-wrap for matches like the tennis version of Ledley King.

Goffin has played well enough over the last month or so where I could see him winning a set and making the the hardest match Djokovic has played up to this point.

"I feel tremendously grateful to be here and I'm happy just to still be in this event and to be competing against the best players in the world".

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.

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