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

Johanna Konta

The world no4 twice had to have treatment on his right shoulder during his 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 win over skillful Frenchman Adrian Mannarino on Centre Court - and that was after calling a doctor onto court early in the match.

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.

The women's quarter-finals are the main course at Wimbledon on Tuesday, but former men's champion Novak Djokovic is serving up a juicy appetiser on Centre Court, where fans were short-changed by player withdrawals a week ago.

A victory in the French Open final would have allowed the Romanian to get there, but she couldn't get past Jelena Ostapenko that time.

Konta now faces five-time champion Venus Williams in the last four, and she is hoping to continue her memorable run.

"I'm playing against another tennis player, another opponent".

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. "They were not being verbally threatened. I have a very high-maintenance team". "More players have the chance to get to the final".

"But, again, I was just playing the next ball".

"We have some knowledge on each other". She kept her head but her body language suggested a growing belief she could win.

Coco Vandeweghe said she was feeling more focused on her game with new coach Pat Cash after producing a relentless display of big-hitting to dump fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki out of Wimbledon on Monday.

"But I believe that I have a chance". She's a fighter. I'm sure she was using the crowd.

Garcia was once tipped as a future world number one by Andy Murray but her career has so far failed to ignite.

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Venus is not going to want to play a three-hour match, I think the fatigue factor for Konta might come into play. She saved a succession of break points with some crushing forehand winners and, second set aside, produced the big serves when needed. Azarenka is one of tennis's noisiest grunters but the Romanian is matching her decibel for decibel and made even more noise when she celebrated taking that first set.

The match today will be a tough one for Halep, not only because Johanna Konta is the local favorite, but because she is the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since Jo Durie in 1984.

Three-times Wimbledon champion Chris Evert questioned the lack of "equal representation" on the prestige courts, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: "I think all women would like to see three of each to go along with equal prize money".

"It's fine to be the last British women's victor (at).Wimbledon, but it's better to have plenty of British players to win", Wade said in comments released by the All England Club. "But I'm holding strong".

"I stuck to my true self and tried to create as much opportunities as possible".

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