Wimbledon 2017: Simona Halep ends Victoria Azarenka's campaign, Johanna Konta advances

London: Second-seeded Simona Halep is back in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, advancing with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over former World No 1 Victoria Azarenka.

Halep, who has a chance to take over as the top-ranked player this week, will next face Johanna Konta.

Halep reached the semifinals at the All England Club in 2014 and played in the quarterfinals last year.

Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after beating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their Women's Singles Match on day seven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Monday, July 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Simona Halep celebrates after beating Victoria Azarenka on day seven at Wimbledon. AP

Johanna Konta became the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1984 to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

The sixth-seeded Konta defeated 21st-seeded Caroline Garcia 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 on Court No 1.

"There was very little between us today," Konta, who had only won one match in her previous five appearances at the All England Club, said in a television interview.

"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 won in Sydney and Miami earlier this year, had split her four previous meetings with Garcia, including in Indian Wells in March.

CoCo Vandeweghe is into the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the second time after defeating fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Court No 3.

The 24th-seeded American had eight aces while Wozniacki had zero.

Wozniacki has yet to reach the quarterfinals at the All England Club in 11 appearances but has advanced to that stage at the other three Grand Slam events, including two U.S. Open finals.

Vandeweghe also made it to the quarterfinals at the All England Club two years ago, when she lost to Maria Sharapova.

She faces Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova in the quarter-finals.

In the men's draw, Marin Cilic has reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the fourth straight year.

The seventh-seeded Croat beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

Cilic, who won the U.S. Open in 2014, has never before made the semifinals at the All England Club. He will next face either Rafael Nadal of Gilles Muller.


Published Date: Jul 10, 2017 08:46 pm | Updated Date: Jul 10, 2017 08:47 pm

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