- British No1 beats 30th seeded Russian 6-1, 6-4 on Margaret Court Arena
- Williams beats Barbora Strýcová 7-5, 6-4 to reach final eight
Johanna Konta, who was drowning outside the world’s top 150 two years ago, looked every inch a potential grand slam champion in booking a quarter-final against Serena Williams with another excellent performance to beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-4 in searing conditions on Margaret Court Arena on day eight.
“I’m really happy to have come through that,” she said courtside of the hour-and-nine-minute victory that looked like being a lot quicker when she brushed the Russian aside in the first set. “I came out playing at a higher level than she did but she was able to pull herself back into the match and made it really difficult for me. I just had to trust myself. At least it wasn’t three hours like when we played last year.” Continue reading...