Johanna Konta elated to edge out 'in-form' Caroline Garcia

Murray and Konta geared up for fourth round at Wimbledon

The 26-year-old goes on to face second seed Simona Halep or Victoria Azarenka.

Simona Halep insists she doesn't care about her battle to clinch the World No 1 ranking because she would rather win Wimbledon.

It's been 33 years since Wimbledon had home representation in the last eight of the women's singles - but No.6 seed Johanna Konta ended the drought in calm, collected fashion with a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 win over No.21 seed Caroline Garcia in two hours and 11 minutes.

Not since Jo Durie in 1984 had a female player from these shores made it into the last eight at SW19.

Konta reeled off three games to make it a contest but Garcia was never going to be so generous to throw away two breaks of serve and wrapped it up with an emphatic smash.

"I'm here just to give my best".

On break point, a heavy Garcia groundstroke was called out but after a challenge, Hawkeye showed the ball had dropped in. She was serving very, very well, so it definitely wasn't easy to be active in her service games. She has fallen behind in the first set of multiple matches at Wimbledon. She recites her intentions for the match and if something is missing I tell her she has forgotten it, especially if it's something important.

However, bad blood aside, Konta remained much more philosophical in her answer. She's a good player but I know that it's going to be a very hard match. Then Garcia broke again, racing into a 5-1 lead. Konta's serve and forehand went all wrong and Garcia increased the pressure from the baseline, forcing her opponent to another error to seal the double break in the fifth game.

When Garcia ruled herself out of contention to play for France in the Fed Cup in April, by announcing she had a back injury after being selected against her wishes, Mladenovic together with fellow French players Alize Cornet and Pauline Parmentier each tweeted "LOL" nearly simultaneously.

Much like Konta's epic match with Vekic, by the third set the two players were exhausted and the set looked to be going entirely with serve.

Konta came through a tough test against France's Garcia in three sets, winning 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 on Court One.

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