Many British fans will be dreaming of a double in the Singles events at Wimbledon going into the second week with Andy Murray a legitimate contender and Johanna Konta now the bookmaker’s favourite to win the women’s event. She came into the event third favourite in places and is now top of the field with Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova out of the picture. It is almost a surprise to see the match on Court 1 rather than Centre although the match with Caroline Garcia will get top billing to begin BBC TV coverage regardless. Check out the Konta vs Garcia Head to Head stats.
Garcia has backed up the best slam run of her career, a quarter final in Paris, with her best Wimbledon to date. It is the first time she has made it to the second week of the tournament and she has done it in fairly routine style with three straight sets wins. It hasn’t been the toughest of draws for her but she did well to extinguish the threat of Madison Brengle in the previous round, who was on a high after her victory over Petra Kvitova. “I would say I served very well, and it definitely helped me to get some free points. From the baseline I tried to be very low on my legs, because she was playing very low. It was very difficult.” she said of her last match.
Konta backed up her epic win over Donna Vekic with a comfortable win over Greece’s Maria Sakkari in round three, needing just 1hr16m to progress. While a second round win over Vekic may not seem that meaningful in the grand scheme of things, it probably opened a lot of casual British eyes to Konta at a prime viewing time and this may work out to be a good thing for her. Getting the crowd behind her further can only be a good thing. “I definitely appreciate their support. I’m definitely hoping that they’re enjoying the matches that I’m playing, enjoying the tennis in general. There’s obviously other things that come along with performing well on any day. But I think if I can be involved in many epic battles, I’m sure the crowd will also enjoy that.” Konta said.
Their last match was definitely one that would have energised the crowd – it went to a third set tiebreak in Indian Wells. Konta was not victorious on that occasion but will take heart from the previous two meetings, both of which ended in easy straight sets wins for the World No.6. If Konta was to advance, things will get much tougher for her in the quarter finals with either second seed Simona Halep or Victoria Azarenka next up for the victor.
Prediction – Johanna Konta in straight sets