In the same year, Konta became the first British woman since Virginia Wade in 1978 to reach the semi-finals at the All England Club, but lost in the second round last year. She went 3-1 down with a terrible volley, but responded to lead 5-4 with two sizzling backhands that had the crowd erupting.
Williams is also playing mixed doubles with two-time men's champion Andy Murray and she says it's good for her game. But when Strycova started to slice and dice, to mix up the play and to drive Konta to distraction, everything changed.
The last remaining home player in the singles played down ankle injury fears for her showdown against Barbora Strycova, despite revealing she required medical attention for tripping over her foot.
Konta's win continued her superb record in deciding sets this season.
Another extraordinary match was unfolding while Konta and Kvitova battled, with No3 seed Karolina Pliskova taking on fellow Czech, the 22-year-old Karolina Muchova, ranked just 68.
Despite failing to capitalise at 5-2 and match point in the decider, Konta held her nerve to triumph 6-4 for a place in the last eight. The way it went from 5-2 to 5-4 was very much on Petra's racket.
"I am not thinking about sending a message to anyone or the next generation, how they are coming or not". Getting to the quarter-finals is wonderful but what's most exciting for me is the way I've been fighting.
Johanna Konta: How far can she go? However, I also felt comfortable and confident that I was still doing the right things.
"I thought I was going to take Andre out. Nah". The 19th seed has now won 14 of the last 15 matches in which she has been taken the distance.
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The 29-year-old went on to play for Premier League champions Manchester City and Europa League champions Chelsea. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still considers Pogba integral and has involved him in his plans for next season.
"I always get excited, I'm a really pumped up player, of course I still want it or else I wouldn't be here", she told BBC Sport. I was expecting a tough match and a close one with not many chances.
"Obviously the experience that I had in 2017 was a magnificent one".
'It was something that is incredibly special to me. She's one of my role models, so it was just cool to see that she knows I exist. "Especially as I haven't been playing on Centre Court". She knows how to play on this surface. "I hope that's what he does exactly from today on". Getting to the quarter finals is incredible but what's most exciting for me is the way I've been fighting.
However, seven-time champion Serena Williams wasted little time in a 6-2 6-2 defeat of Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro to book a quarter final clash with compatriot Riske.
He will next play either Sam Querrey or Tennys Sandgren in what will be his 39th appearance in a Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Asked how she is preparing for her matches, Svitolina said boxing was a useful way of letting off steam.
"You realise, Well, I've just got to work harder". "Sometimes it's frustrating matches that you lose".
"The grass definitely brings out the best in me".
"Yeah, a big fan of his".
"She gives her opponents every opportunity to not feel great out there".