Johanna Konta says her latest Wimbledon victory was 'another step forward'
"It is a massive compliment to me. It's a great achievement"
By Raz Mirza at Wimbledon
Last Updated: 10/07/17 11:02pm
Johanna Konta said "it's a great achievement" after the bookmakers' favourite for the title became the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Jo Durie in 1984.
Konta outlasted Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-4 in an evenly-matched baseline battle on Manic Monday.
She had previously won only one match in five Wimbledon appearances. But after racking up her fourth in the tournament, she now finds herself facing Romanian second seed Simona Halep and, with the woman's draw looking wide open, has an outside chance of becoming the first home champion since Virginia Wade 40 years ago.
"It's very exciting," said Konta. "It's another step forward to being involved in the event for the full two weeks. But it is a massive compliment to me. It's a great achievement.
"I've dreamed of it ever since I was a little girl, to be a Grand Slam champion. But right now I'm in the quarter-final stage. and I'm playing against an incredibly tough opponent next. That's my next battle. That's all I've got my mind on."
My team are demanding the muffins. I have a very high-maintenance team.
Konta also revealed she is under intense pressure to continue making her popular homemade muffins which have proved a hit among her support team.
She said that baking had become "a habit" during the tournament rather than a means of relaxation.
"It's just that I've finally gotten the chance to actually stay at home a little bit and use my oven more than anything," she said.
"It's more the fact that I have an oven, that I'm using it, and not necessarily for relaxation purposes.
"Now it's kind of become a habit. My team are demanding the muffins. I have a very high-maintenance team."
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