What We Learned In The First Week — WTA Wimbledon

Violet Tucker
July 11, 2017

It was not quite as draining as Konta's second-round win over Donna Vekic, where she took the third set 10-8, but right up until Konta won it had the same feel about it.

Halep will leapfrog Germany's Angelique Kerber in the rankings if she scuppers home hopes of a first British women's singles champion in 40 years with victory over Johanna Konta on Tuesday at the All England Club.

Caroline Garcia is enjoying the greatest grand slam success of her career as she prepares to face Johanna Konta - after enraging her Fed Cup team-mates by quitting the France team. She has fallen behind in the first set of multiple matches at Wimbledon.

"It was such a tough match to play", she told the BBC.

Konta, serving for the set, saved two break points and then squandered a set point of her own, but her frustration grew moments later when Garcia clinched the game with a successful challenge.

Garcia then raced into a 5-1 lead in the second as she continued to serve well, while Konta's forehand began to falter. "Sometimes maybe he tried (coaching), but I don't know". Early in the second set she broke Konta, who was struggling to find the same range with her forehands as she did at the start.

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Sydney and Miami 2017 champion Konta is now set to play against the victor between Romanian Simona Halep, seeded No.2, and Belarus Victoria Azarenka, former World No.1.

Whoever makes the final will have a really good chance at the title, but the survivor of the bottom half will have endured bigger tests on the road to the final, and will therefore be more likely to play at a high level and not be intimidated once the final comes along on Saturday, July 15. But her 32 unforced errors to Halep's 11 were too much of a burden.

"I'm stronger, also mentally and my game".

When Garcia ruled herself out of contention to play for France in the Fed Cup in April, by announcing she had a back injury after being selected against her wishes, Mladenovic together with fellow French players Alize Cornet and Pauline Parmentier each tweeted "LOL" nearly simultaneously.

"When I was a little girl, and even now, I dreamt of being in these battles and on the big stages".

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