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Composed Konta quells Garcia to make history at home

11 July 2017

Simona Halep in action during her fourth round match against Victoria Azarenka. With a victory over Konta in the quarterfinals, Halep will likely become the world No. 1 after Germany's Angelique Kerber was defeated by Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the Round of 16 on Monday.

It's the first time a British woman has made the quarter-finals since Jo Durie in 1984 but Konta has proved a pro when it comes to keeping a lid on emotions and dialling down expectations.

Feeling her error had been prompted by the out-call, Konta briefly protested but she quickly recovered and stormed into a 3-0 lead in the tie-break. Over three decades later, her near-namesake Konta showed equivalent composure to come through a tight three-setter that was decided by just a handful of crucial points.

She won the first game of the decider to love but it took nine games before either managed a sniff of a break.

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"I'm stronger, also mentally and my game".

"She knows how she felt there and I don't want to comment any more about that episode". "I think it's very hard for them to understand my position in it".

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.

"To be honest it was such a tough match to play, she's in good form and serving really well".

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The brilliant down the line victor that made her reduce the gap to 3-5 was too little and came too late.

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

On the grass, both players started to seem more relaxed during her service games in a muscular duel reaching its climax.

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Konta, the sixth seed at this year's Championships, came through a battling encounter against France's No. 21 seed to claim a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 win in just over two hours on Court No. 1.

Composed Konta quells Garcia to make history at home