Defending champion Andy Murray cruises into Wimbledon quarterfinals

Defending champion Andy Murray cruises into Wimbledon quarterfinals

Johanna Konta lifted the clouds over Wimbledon with a tense three-set win over Simona Halep to book her spot in the semi-finals, where she will face five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams.

Johanna Konta marched into the Wimbledon quarter-finals yesterday afternoon, the first British woman to do so since 1984, and promised that she still has more room for improvement in her tenacious powerful game.

In July past year, she claimed her first WTA Tour title at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford with a 7-5 5-7 6-2 win over Venus Williams. I think it's going to be a very tough match. The second set was a far more edgy affair - Konta looked to be by far the aggressor.

Victoria Azarenka knows. She might be the current world number 683 after taking a year off through injury and then to have son Leo, but she has spent 51 weeks as number one, topping the rankings for the first time in 2012.

FRANCE'S Caroline Garcia is embroiled in an illegal coaching storm after her Wimbledon defeat to Johanna Konta.

In March she split from doubles team-mate Kristina Mladenovic, with whom she won the French Open past year. The 26-year-old maintained she was not playing against a crowd (indeed, it will be on her side this time around) or a past experience, but another tennis player - and a top one at that.

British star Konta and Romanian World No 2 Halep clash in what promises to be a heated affair with so much at stake for both players.

"I definitely feel that age is not a factor with her", she said of Williams. He spent a bit of time on court with one of my pros, played some golf with me and seemed to enjoy his visit.

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"It's a win-win situation frankly and I'm thrilled for her".

Konta's opponent in the last four is five-time champion Venus Williams, who defeated French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko.

After an intense, battling first set, it was Konta who broke down in the tiebreak.

It was also during the tie that Romania coach Ilie Nastase was expelled from the court after swearing at officials, as well as towards Great Britain captain Anne Keothavong and Konta.

Beaten in the 2015 final by Serena, Spain's Garbine Muguruza admits she and many of her title rivals know they have a golden opportunity to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish while the 23-time major victor is away.

All 16 fourth-round matches at the All England Club are played on the same day, a schedule that will produce all eight male and all eight female quarterfinalists.

And while I'm talking about Kei, I think I was a little unfair when I wrote about him here last week. Wrapping up the women's quarter-finals, big-hitting American Coco Vandeweghe faces Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova.

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