Day 8 provided some magical moments and brilliant tennis that will live long in Wimbledon history.
Johanna Konta became Britain’s first women’s Wimbledon semi-finalist since 1978 with a 6-7 7-6 6-4 win over second seed Simona Halep.
Battling back from a set down, Konta held her nerve to complete a historical victory for women’s tennis in Britain.
The number six seed said after the game, “I’ve always believed in my own ability and I’ve always dreamt big,” “But I’m much more process orientated, so I don’t give myself too much time to dream. I’m more focused on the work.”
Konta is ready for the next challenge which is the veteran, Venus Williams. She knows how big of challenge it is but with the raucous Wimbledon crowd behind her, Konta is capable of reaching the final.
Konta’s semi-final opponent, Venus Williams eased to the semi-final with a straight sets win over Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3 7-5.
The women’s semi-final line-up was complete when both Magdalena Rybarikova and Garbine Muguruza beat their opponents in straight sets.
Women’s Semi-Final Line-up:
Venus Williams vs Johanna Konta
Magdalena Rybarikova vs Garbine Muguruza
The last Round-of-16 tie was played in the men’s tournament at Wimbledon with second seed Novak Djokovic beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets 6-2 7-6 6-4.
Only in the second set was Djokovic was ever in danger of losing a set but his experience and abilty allowed him to see out the second set and close out the match.
Djokovic will play Thomas Berdych in the Quarter-Final looking to reach the Semi-Final at Wimbledon for the first time since 2015 – when he won the tournament against Roger Federer in the final.
Men’s Quarter-Final Line-up:
Andy Murray (1) v Sam Querrey (24)
Gilles Muller (16) v Marin Cilic (7)
Milos Raonic (6) v Roger Federer (3)
Tomas Berdych (11) v Novak Djokovic (2)