Monday, 10 July 2017

Andy Murray and Johanna Konta through to Wimbledon quarter-finals

Andy Murray and Johanna Konta have both reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals on a successful day for British tennis.
It is the first time in 44 years that Britain has home representation in both the men's and women's last eight, after Roger Taylor and Virginia Wade in 1973.

For top seed Murray, it is the 10th year in a row he has got through to the quarters at the grass court tournament in south-west London.

Meanwhile, sixth seed Konta has become the first British woman to progress to the last eight since Jo Durie in 1984.

Murray - the world number one and defending champion - beat Frenchman Benoit Paire in straight sets 7-6 6-4 6-4 in the last 16.

He got a boost later when one of his main rivals, Spanish fourth seed Rafael Nadal, who was in his half of the draw, was knocked out by Luxembourg's 16th seed Gilles Muller.

The French Open champion lost a thriller at Wimbledon with the match finishing 15-13 in the fifth and final set.

Andy Murray and Johanna Konta

The Briton, who came into the competition with a niggling hip injury, was not at his best against Paire but wrapped up the win in two hours and 21 minutes.

Murray said: "I thought I played well. Maybe a couple of sloppy service games in the first set but that was by far the best I'd hit the ball so far in the tournament.
"So I'm really pleased with that. He's not an easy guy to play. He's got one of the best backhands."

The Scotsman, aiming for his third men's title at SW19, will face American Sam Querrey in the next round after he overcame South Africa's Kevin Anderson in five sets.

Konta defeated 21st seed Caroline Garcia of France 7-6 4-6 6-4.

The British number one said: "There was very little between us today.

"I was just very happy with how I was able to compete and not pay too much attention to necessarily the good things she was doing and try to keep in mind all the good things I was doing."

Konta, who was born in Sydney to Hungarian parents and moved to the UK when she was 14, will next face second seed Simona Halep.

SKY      News.

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