Konta took down No. 21 Caroline Garcia of France in three sets 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-4 to become the first British woman in 33 years to advance to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Konta, who was born in Australia, is playing not only for her first major title, but for the hearts of her countrymen, who haven't embraced her as warmly as other British-born stars.
Johanna Konta is the first British woman into the last eight at Wimbledon since 1984 but now stands just three wins away from a much bigger prize.
Halep fought back on each occasion, though, and her level continued to increase as she ultimately coasted to a 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 victory, aided by numerous unforced errors from a frustrated Azarenka, on Court Two.
"It's very exciting. It's another step forward to being involved in the event for the full two weeks", added Konta.
Konta was clearly not inhibited by the dubious honour of being the bookmakers' favourite for the title, bursting out of the blocks and going up a break in the first game of the match.
The Yorkshireman played a 17-year-old Bjorn Borg in the quarter-finals that year, in a match that was remembered for Taylor offering to replay match point over a dubious line call even though he had already been awarded the tie. "There was very little between us today".
"Those positions are what I dreamed about". Muguruza hasn't won a title in 2017, but she reached the round of 16 at the French Open and the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.
Asked on Friday about compatriot Konta's chances of lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish on Saturday, Murray once again affirmed his faith in the sixth seed's game on grass. "She's back and she's playing great". With the deftness of one her passing shots, she said: "I think that's a broadcasting decision". "We are sometimes talking. trying to improve every single point".
Halep, who has a chance to take over as the top-ranked player this week, will next face Johanna Konta. Both Halep and Cirstea played down Konta's claims, before the world No. 2 cruised past the Brit the following day to steer Romania to victory. The two-time semifinalist Azarenka tried her best in the first set but then revealed completely unable to counter her opponent's precise and lethal groundstrokes.
The tournament organisers rejected any suggestion their scheduling was sexist, saying instead that the public demanded to see the four best players of the moment... who just happen to be men. The 26-year-old maintained she was not playing against a crowd (indeed, it will be on her side this time around) or a past experience, but another tennis player - and a top one at that.