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Konta celebrates her victory on Monday afternoon.
Konta celebrates her victory on Monday afternoon.
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Konta carries home hopes at Wimbledon after seeing off two-time champion

Meanwhile, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic eased into the quarter-finals at SW19.
Jul 8th 2019, 6:30 PM 8,273 6

BRITAIN’S JOHANNA KONTA continues to carry home hopes at Wimbledon, as she pulled off a memorable last-16 win on Centre Court this afternoon, defeating two-time champion Petra Kvitova. 

Czech sixth seed Kvitova, in the fourth round for the first time since she won the second of her titles in 2014, bows out leaving just two of the top 10 seeds in the women’s singles remaining; Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina.

Konta, who reached the French Open semi-finals earlier this year, recovered from a set down to record a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory which sees her advance to a quarter-final against 33-year-old Czech Barbora Strycova on Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic stormed into the quarter-finals with straightforward victories on Monday afternoon.

Eight-time champion Federer breezed past Italy’s Matteo Berrettini 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in just 74 minutes to make sure of a spot in his 55th quarter-final at the Slams.

It was also his 99th win at the All England Club.

At 37, he is the oldest man to reach the last eight at the majors since 39-year-old Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open. 

Nadal reached the quarter-finals for the seventh time, outclassing Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

The Spaniard will play Sam Querrey in what will be his 39th appearance in a Grand Slam quarter-final.

Defending champion Djokovic reached his 11th Wimbledon quarter-final and 45th at the majors with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over France’s Ugo Humbert.

Four-time champion and top seed Djokovic will face Belgium’s David Goffin for a place in the semi-finals.

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