On what became known as manic Monday, the crowd of the center was engaged not only because their hometown star Johanna Konta played, but because two big names exhibited world-class tennis. Konta, looking for his first Grand Slam title, rattled to defeat two-hour Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, in the 16th round.
Both Konta and Kvitova started strong, keeping servants without any resistance. However, Konta lets two break point options pass on 4-4, so Kvitova can run away with the game. Konta gave the Czech Republic a window of opportunity by not finding the box on the first server, making it easier for Kvitova to dictate points on Briton's second service. Kvitova only needs a single break chance that is done to win the first set ending with 1
Konta has repeatedly shown that the score does not matter. Her third round win over Sloane Stephens was a testament to her ability to work through court problems and find ways to win. This match was no different when she quickly sent a double break to increase to 4-0 in the second set.
Up 5-2 and with momentum, Konta chose to take a medical timeout to pack her ankle. Pause in the game did not prevent Konta as she easily kept serving to catch the second set. By playing in front of a quiet, thrilling audience, Konta's sharp shot first made all the noise to draw roar from the crowd.
The British was solid in her basement and execution and showed the decision that drove her to the semi-finals in 2017. At 5-2, the 19th seed showed a hiccup of nerves by double-blade and shifted her mind with a bad drop in favor of an easy pre-finish. It eventually led her to release the next two games when Kvitova forced her opponent to finish the match on her terms again.
Chess of the nerves kept Konta able to close the victory in two hours and 25 minutes. The 28-year-old claimed a place in her fifth major quarter-final and second at the All England Club. Konta will face Barbora Strycova, who matched her best Wimbledon with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory over the 21st sweet Elise Mertens. Strycova defeated Konta in their solitary prior meeting in Tokyo two years ago.