Johanna Konta shows brilliant battling spirit to fight into Wimbledon second week
Johanna Konta is through to the second week of Wimbledon after a brilliant battling win over former US Open champion Sloane Stephens.
Konta, who last month reached the semi-finals of the French Open, looked to be on the verge of defeat when she was a set and a break down in the second, but she somehow rallied to go through 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
“I just kept plugging away more than anything,” Konta told the BBC after the match.
“She was playing incredibly well and I was fully prepared to not be coming back in that second set because she really was playing well.
“I was really pleased I could keep battling, I was pleased I could mix things up and I did a good job in getting her out of that zone.
“It was incredibly tough, she’s an incredibly good player and at her best she’s very, very tough to play.
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“As you could see, I really had to work hard to find way into that match and get my level up to hers. I’m really pleased I could do that and keep the pressure on.
“Every round is trickier. I doubt any match is easier than the one before.
“I’m just really pleased to have come this far. I’m trying to calm down because it was a tough match but I’m really pleased with the tennis I’m playing.”
Konta will now face two-time champion Petra Kvitova in the next round, and she knows how tough a test it will be.
“It’s a good opportunity to play against one of the best players in the world,” she added.
“That’s the position I work to be in and I’m really pleased I could give myself that opportunity.”
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