The 26-year-old, who is now favourite to win the whole event, was forced to dig deep once again but came through 7-6 (7/3) 4-6 6-4 on Court One to become the first Briton to reach the last eight since Jo Durie back in 1984. "It was actually as I was hitting my ball, so I think it more affected me than my opponent", insisted Konta.
Halep looked at the umpire, seemingly hoping to have the point replayed.
The questions over the matches intensified yesterday after it emerged there were four men's and two women's ties across Centre Court and Court One, with Grand Slam winners Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza relegated to Court Two.
Halep, scampering from wing to wing as she soaked up the pressure, was one match from becoming the first Romanian to top the computerised world rankings - a distinction that, following her defeat, passed to Czech Karolina Pliskova. 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.
"She finished a year ago extremely well and kind of showed that she had the potential to get there with the wins that she was having", Murray said.
Clearly laying down her bid for an appearance in any future celebrity version of Great British Bake Off, Konta said: "If I've got time, it will be a chocolate chip and banana muffin".Читайте также: Ag. President mourns `elder statesman' Maitama Sule
"It's fine to be the last British women's victor (at).Wimbledon, but it's better to have plenty of British players to win", Wade said in comments released by the All England Club. "I just want to go there and win it".
After repeated questioning over her father's hand signals during the match, Garcia snapped: "Oh, my gosh". I'm definitely digesting things a bit still.
After an intense, battling first set, it was Konta who broke down in the tiebreak. 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.
However, bad blood aside, Konta remained much more philosophical in her answer.
"I think everywhere, in every country, if you are playing with someone from that country, is the same".
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