At 37, Venus Williams into 10th Wimbledon semi; Konta next

Johanna Konta

The 25-year-old Czech will jump up from third place to the top of the post-Wimbledon rankings after world number two Simona Halep lost to Johanna Konta in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

Second-seeded Simona Halep is back in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, advancing with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.

The British No 1 has won 11 ITF titles and four ITF doubles titles during her career won her first WTA title on the main Tour last July and collected her second in Sydney this January.

Konta beat Caroline Garcia 7-6 4-6 6-4 on No.1 Court in a high-quality, physically demanding match that sets up a tie with Simon Halep in the last eight.

In the women's singles, the unexpected departures of pre-tournament favourite Karolina Pliskova and two-time champion Petra Kvitova has opened up possibilities for Johanna Konta.

Querrey, the U.S. 24th seed who knocked out Novak Djokovic in 2016, made the quarter-finals for a second successive year with a 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-7 (13/11), 6-3 over unseeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

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But just when it seemed that it may be all over for Konta, she turned up the heat and reeled off the next three points, the last with a fine backhand.

Konta had a scare of her own in the first week.

"Coming to Wimbledon, I didn't have any press attention before the tournament".

"It's good, but it makes me want to go further".

Garcia chose to step away from the France squad following Yannick Noah's team's Fed Cup defeat to the Czech Republic in November, in which she won singles matches against Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova yet finished on the beaten side.

Coco Vandeweghe said she was feeling more focused on her game with new coach Pat Cash after producing a relentless display of big-hitting to dump fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki out of Wimbledon on Monday. "So, "well done" to her".

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"The courts honestly not that great this year, and many players feel the same".

It was Halep who got off to a fast start, breaking Konta early on to move into a commanding 3-0 lead.

The former number 1, bidding to clinch her 29th top 5 win, the first since 2016 Miami, barely avoided the bagel before saving a match point and breaking to 2-5 with a clean volley, her 20th victor of the match.

Williams faces French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in Tuesday's quarter-finals.

"But I believe that I have a chance".

"It's been something that I've been dragging back and forth for a while now", Djokovic said about his shoulder. The 26-year-old said: 'I've dreamed of it since I was a little girl, being a grand-slam champion but now I'm in the quarter-final stage.

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But Konta showed numerous same qualities that got her through her previous contests: remarkable mettle and focus and enough power and consistency to overcome a skilful opponent. I wasn't playing my best.

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