Memories of bitter Fed Cup add spice to Konta-Halep quarterfinal

Taylor Byrd
July 12, 2017

If Konta notched up a record, becoming the first British woman to reach a Wimbledon singles semifinal since Virginia Wade in 1978, Halep missed an achievement - winning the match would have made her World No. 1.

Last January, Konta became the first British woman for 33 years to reach a Grand Slam semi-final when she made the last four at the Australian Open, replicating Durie's run at the 1983 US Open. I think I was very prepared for her to really, really challenge me and make it very hard for me, which she did. Expecting that the point would be replayed, umpire Kader Nouni told her it could not be replayed, and she saw little point of challenging, as she explained.

This was another contest between two very well-matched opponents and going deep into the final set it felt very much like Konta's epic second round defeat of Donna Vekic. 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.

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.

Then as millions of TV viewers watched on she accepted a welcoming arm from 72-year-old John, helped him twist his phone into position for the best photo and posed for a snap.

Halep vs. Konta is the third match to be played on the Centre Court today, being expected to start after 17:00 (Romania time).

"I definitely feel that age is not a factor with her", she said of Williams.

Despite repeatedly denying her father was cheating by using hand gestures, Garcia was pushed to the limit in a post-match interview.

The Romanian is refusing to count her chickens after blowing an opportunity to go top at the French Open when she lost the final to Jelena Ostapenko from a set and a service break up.

Here, we list a few things you should know about Konta.

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With Halep in roaring form, she will be keen to go all the way and win her first grand slam. "I'm not expecting it to be emotional but I am expecting a battle". "I think the fans were a little over-enthusiastic in parts".

Her father Gabor, a hotelier, and her mother Gabriella, a dentist, emigrated to the country separately and most of her extended family still live in Hungary.

The Frenchman, ranked 46 in the world and unseeded at the Championships, beat the big serving Pole Jerzy Janowicz in straight sets on Friday, and Murray knows he faces another stern test to make it a decade of quarter-final appearances.

"It was a tremendous match, played at a very high level".

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