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Murray and Konta targeting Wimbledon quarter-finals on Manic Monday

Johanna Konta GETTYJohanna Konta wants to be the best in the world
Damon Campbell | 12 July, 2017, 00:33

Having become the first British woman in the quarter-finals in 33 years, hopes were high that the world No. 7 could go all the way here in 2017 and she denied Halep the opportunity to grab top spot in the rankings in order to progress even further at her home Slam.

In July previous 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 very hard for them to understand my position in it".

The refined surroundings of the main showcourt were a world away from the tiny stadium on the Black Sea where the two players last met, Halep winning that encounter in straight sets.

The questions over the matches intensified yesterday after it emerged there were four men's and two women's ties across Centre Court and Court One, with Grand Slam winners Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza relegated to Court Two. She is now second in the WTA ranking, after Germany's Angelique Kerber.

"I didn't talk much about that subject with her", Halep said. The grass can be a little slicker because of the air-conditioning, and the ball flies a lot quicker, as Johanna Konta found to her cost.

Pliskova was won four singles titles in the last 52 weeks, the period from which the rankings are derived.

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

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"I had a really tough time", Rybarikova said, "and right now, I'm here, and everything paid off". She recites her intentions for the match and if something is missing I tell her she has forgotten it, especially if it's something important. I guess I was prepared to see her on the other side of the court again. She also leads the tour in aces since 2015.

With big-serving Coco Vandeweghe, the famous Caroline Wozniacki, talented Ana Konjuh and shock French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko still lurking in the draw, success in the women's competition is up for grabs now.

"It's fine to be the last British women's victor (at).Wimbledon, but it's better to have plenty of British players to win", Wade said in comments released by the All England Club. I'm still digesting things a little bit still.

Konta said she was "excited and humble" to be facing Venus Williams, a match that Wade predicted the Briton would win.

However, victory continued the Scot's remarkable record against players from across the Channel - it is close to a decade and 28 matches since he lost to a Frenchman at a Grand Slam.

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.

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