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Pliskova to No. 1 for 1st time despite early Wimbledon loss

12 July 2017

Resolute under pressure and courageous in attack, Konta fought back from a set down to defeat Simona Halep - the Romanian who was just one win from claiming the world No 1 ranking for the first time - 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in a thrilling quarter-final lasting two hours and 38 minutes.

Johanna Konta, the bookmakers' favourite for the title, became the first British woman to reach the quarter-finals since Jo Durie in 1984.

The pair have faced off four times in their careers, with honours now even in the head to head record - and Konta was reluctant to play up her chances of reaching a first Wimbledon quarter-final, despite her apparent good form.

Halep won the first set on a tiebreak with Konta, having squandered a clutch of break points, returning the favour in the second. "It was actually as I was hitting my ball, so I think it more affected me than my opponent", insisted Konta.

Garcia forced two set points, which Konta saved, and then she earned a set point for herself but could not convert it.

Garbine Muguruza eliminated Angelique Kerber from the Wimbledon tournament, a result that means the German will lose her No. 1 ranking. "She's just a tremendous champion, and I feel very, very humbled, and I'm very excited to share the court with her again".

Resilience and the ability to close out matches under pressure was once a regular weakness in Konta's game and her transformation was aided by the help of Juan Coto, her former "mental coach", whom she had been working with since October 2014, until the news of his sudden death in November.

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Halep added: "After the match that day I said sorry if she felt bad".

But it is what it is, and I'm glad we got on and were scheduled to play on Centre Court so regardless of the rain we were able to play the match.

"Today I had white chocolate and raspberry muffins", she told reporters.

"I love the fact she talks about her ambition". Konta did not want to say too much about the possibility of winning in her post-match press conference, but she did say she has been dreaming of doing so "since (she) was a little girl". "I think the fans were a little over-enthusiastic in parts". So far, Donna Vekic and 21 seed Caroline Garcia have been her toughest opponent, winning in a tight game spreading over three sets.

"But there's a lot of work to be done between now and me being in a position to be playing for the Wimbledon title". Novak Djokovic's delayed fourth round match kicked off play at 12pm, followed by a duel between Venus Williams and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. No retreat, no surrender for Venus Williams, at her 20th Wimbledon.

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

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.

Pliskova to No. 1 for 1st time despite early Wimbledon loss