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Konta vs Strycova Wimbledon live streaming, preview and tips - Konta aims for second Wimbledon semi-final

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 9 Jul 2019
  • Johanna Konta vs Barbora Strycova is live from Wimbledon around 2.30pm local time/BST on Tuesday
  • Strycova won their only previous meeting in Tokyo in 2017
Johanna Konta (PA Images)

British hope Johanna Konta targets her second Wimbledon semi-final when she takes on the unseeded Barbora Strycova in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

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Former World No. 4 Johanna Konta aims to reach her second straight Grand Slam semi-final when she comes up against Barbora Strycova in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Konta has continued her resurgent form over the first four rounds of Wimbledon and especially the last two, registering back-to-back wins over top 10 players for the first time in her career in toppling Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova to advance into the last eight of The Championships for the second time. Konta recovered from a set down in both to prevail, ousting two-time champion Kvitova 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Manic Monday for just her second win over the powerful Czech. The Brit said she was enjoying playing in front of her home crowd and that their support was spurring her on through the tournament.

"I think as a British player playing in front of a home crowd or any player to play in front of a home crowd, you're always going to be spoilt for support, spoilt for just energy that they give you.
"Equally today, I'm really pleased that I got to play an entertaining match for them, as well, because I felt they enjoyed the match. That obviously definitely feeds a lot of excitement on court. I enjoy that position to be in. I'm really enjoying playing in front of a home crowd."

Konta is certainly no stranger to dramatic Wimbledon matches. The 28-year-old survived some epic encounters to reach the semi-finals in 2017, outlasting Donna Vekic, Caroline Garcia and Simona Halep in three sets, while she also scored victories over Su-Wei Hsieh and Maria Sakkari before going down in the final four to Venus Williams. Konta had also made the semi-finals of the Australian Open and won the biggest title of her career at the Miami Open, but it was after that Wimbledon run where her form dipped and she struggled to find her best tennis for the better part of two years, ending last season down at No. 44 in the world.

However, Konta found her best tennis again on the unlikely surface of clay, finishing runner-up in Rabat and Rome, where she earned a first top five win since 2017 by beating Kiki Bertens, before going on to advance into the semi-finals of the French Open, where she had a chance to beat Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets but instead lost in straights herself. With another great chance in front of her to make the semi-finals of a major, can Konta progress to the final four at Wimbledon for the second time on Tuesday?

Barbora Strycova (PA Images)
Barbora Strycova stands in her way. The Czech veteran is into just her second Grand Slam quarter-final, following on from her 2014 Wimbledon run to the last eight, scoring straight sets victories over Lesia Tsurenko, Laura Siegemund and fourth seed Kiki Bertens before coming back from 4-6 2-5 down to outlast Elise Mertens in a thrilling fourth round clash on Monday. Strycova adopted an aggressive mindset, utilising her brilliant serve-and-volley game to perfection, winning 30 of 39 net points to fight her way back into the contest, and once she carved out the second set Mertens was in trouble, with the Belgian taking an off-court medical time-out before Strycova completed a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory.

"I was nearly out," Strycova told reporters after the match. "I managed to pull it through. It feels great."
"This is my 17th Wimbledon, so I just said to myself, 'Okay, I'll try to enjoy every single moment on the court, and every match I play and every match I win, it's a bonus for me,'" the Czech veteran stated. "So I'm looking at it this way, and it really helps me not to put so much pressure on myself. I enjoy it even."

Strycova’s previous best result at a major was her run to the 2014 Wimbledon quarter-finals, where she beat World No. 2 Na Li and Caroline Wozniacki before going down to eventual champion Petra Kvitova. A winner of two WTA International titles with a career-high ranking of No. 16, Strycova has carved out an extremely respectable career for herself, consistently hovering around the 20-50 mark in the rankings and popping up quite a bit to take down top players in big tournaments. The 33-year-old hadn’t been making much of an impact in 2019, with three semi-finals in Istanbul, Prague and Birmingham her best results, but she’s been playing some excellent tennis at Wimbledon and is a real shot of spoiling the British party on Tuesday.

Despite being quite a small player and not possessing the biggest serve, Strycova is so good at serve-and-volleying and is intelligent when she decides to utilise it. The Czech also knows the right time to chip and charge and finish points off at the net. In other words, Strycova’s game is perfect for grass, but in saying that, I still have to go with Konta in this one. The Brit likes a target and if Strycova’s approach shots aren’t near-perfect, she will get punished. It’s been a great run for Strycova, but Konta is back playing with confidence and she should be able to fight her way into a second Wimbledon semi-final.

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Konta vs Strycova Wimbledon live streaming, preview and tips - Konta aims for second Wimbledon semi-final

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