Romania's tennis ace Simona Halep, one win away from world No.1

Rachel Hardy
July 12, 2017

Current world number one Angelique Kerber of Germany was beaten by Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in the last 16.

Britain's Andy Murray and Johanna Konta will fight to reach Wimbledon's quarter-finals on Manic Monday - one of the most hotly anticipated days of the tournament.

"It's not about men and women - it's about who are the star players at the time".

The scheduling imbalance has led to criticism of the All England Club, with Chris Evert, a three-time Wimbledon champion, questioning the lack of "equal representation" on the show courts.

Konta first signed autographs and evaded the efforts of one colourfully-dressed fan to take a selfie with her.

Rybarikova, from Slovakia and ranked No. 87, had not advanced past the third round in any of her previous 35 appearances in the main draw at a Grand Slam.

"Coming to Wimbledon, I didn't have any press attention before the tournament. So whatever happens, happens", Pliskova said.

The match closed on a surreal note, when the final point was punctuated by a spectator's scream, Halep lamely netting a forehand as she appealed in vain for a let.

Garcia's father, Louis Paul, is also her coach.

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Team USA defeated Spain 96-72 to take the bronze medal. "Now, [Germany] went zone, and it was bang, bang, bang with 3s". Canadian men won the silver medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the only Canadian team to ever mount an Olympic podium.

Again, she showed why she has as good a chance as anyone of winning the whole thing on Saturday.

"I've finally gotten the chance to actually stay at home a little bit and use my oven more than anything - it's more the fact that I have an oven, that I'm using it, and not necessarily for relaxation purposes", she said, before adding jokily: "Now it's kind of become a habit". "So, "well done" to her". We played each other twice this year.

Halep would have been the new rankings leader if she had been able to get to the Wimbledon semifinals.

The former number 1, bidding to clinch her 29th top 5 win, the first since 2016 Miami, barely avoided the bagel before saving a match point and breaking to 2-5 with a clean volley, her 20th victor of the match. Kim Clijsters, Amelie Mauresmo, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic and Dinara Safina also topped the WTA rankings without winning the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon or the US Open.

"Of course, one of my goals is to get to No. 1".

"I don't know what can I say to you?"

Then as millions of TV viewers watched on she accepted a welcoming arm from 72-year-old John, helped him twist his phone into position for the best photo and posed for a snap.

But Konta showed numerous same qualities that got her through her previous contests: remarkable mettle and focus and enough power and consistency to overcome a skilful opponent. It's a great opportunity for me to play against one of the best in the world, and to really enjoy being in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.

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