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Welcome back to Wimbledon and what a story has unfolded here this
afternoon. Outstanding performance from the British number one, Jo
Konta who came back from one set down to defeat the world number two
Simona Halep under the roof on Centre Court. A scream from a
spectator put off both players on match point but the point stood and
Jo was announced the winner. Even when it got tight, Jo kept to her
game plan and has got a place in the Wimbledon semifinal. Incredible
match from start to finish and the crowd loved it, standing ovation for
both players, richly deserved. This young lady, we have a new British
superstar here at Wimbledon and we will look forward to her in the
semifinal on Thursday. Billie Jean King, winner of 20 Wimbledon titles,
you know what it's like to play that kind of match when it gets that
tight, how impressed were you with Jo? Totally impressed, impressed
with her whole story, from sticking to what she believed in and learning
to be the best she can be. Jo is going to get better than she is now.
She went out and she stayed decisive, she knew her game plan,
she knew that she would miss more shots than Halep, don't get upset,
hang in there and stay true to the game plan because she wasn't going
to bring the other way, she had to be the aggressor. That's easier said
than done. You have to be appropriately aggressive and being
appropriately aggressive isn't easy because sometimes you get overly
aggressive, you start making too many unforced errors. You must make
more winners than unforced errors and that's what she did, 48 and 36.
Halep probably wasn't going to have many unforced errors because she is
more of a retriever. Such a delicate balance to do that and I thought Jo
stayed the course, even when new could see people talking, I was in
the lounge watching a bit and people said she was wobbling. She stayed
with her game plan and in the end she knew that was how she was going
to win and he did it in front of the greatest crowd. I'd just love
playing here, I wish I'd been British! If you are British at
Wimbledon, if you embrace the energy that people give you, and how much
they love and want you to win, they haven't had doubles winners, so they
are so appreciative when they finally have a great player, like
they did in 77 with Virginia Wade and now this chance hopefully for
Jo. I can't wait, I'm exhausted by watching that match. We all are.
Talking about the stats, we knew that she had to accept she would
make more unforced errors but she couldn't play Halep's game, she had
to play her own. That is the rub, because it was such an even match.
It was so tense, every game. Somebody would be ahead 30-0 and
then it would be 30-30. That's what happens on grass. Jo said after the
match in her interview, things happen so fast here. You work hard
to get ahead in a match, so many times I felt bad that I had got
ahead even 5-4 and all of a sudden I lost the set 7-5, what happened? It
feels like it took forever to get ahead but takes no time to lose it.
Well, she played so well. It has been a privilege to watch that last
set with you. Hats off to Jo Konta, she deserved everything she has. We
are heading straight out to Centre Court. Because of the rain the last
remaining quarterfinal has been moved onto Centre Court, this is
Vandeweghe against my Boruc over -- against Rybarikova. Let's go to
Centre Court. COMMENTATOR: They will be crowding
around their TV sets in the home city of Rybarikova. Ranked 87 in the
world, although she has been ranked as high as 31. Two surgeries in the
last year, to her wrist and her knee and she is on the verge of something
enormous here. First ever Grand Slam quarterfinal, for the 2080 role. --
28-year-old. What has she got right here, tactically? Using so much
variety, she's so skilful. Very good mover. She is able to absorb the
pace from Vandeweghe, different speeds, using different lengths as
well. This is where Vandeweghe has got to calm down here, give herself
more margin, remember that Rybarikova may be nervous, trying to
cross the finish line. Got to earn it.
Whoa. 25th error from her and it looks like Rybarikova, unseeded,
will join the semifinal line-up at the modern. -- at Wimbledon.
So, Tracy, what has been up with Coco because she was broken in her
opening service game and she hasn't recovered. I wonder if she's feeling
so much pressure because of the opportunity, because she is a former
quarterfinalist here, grass being her favourite surface. She has been
the favourite in each match she has played and she was the favourite
here. Rybarikova, 87 in the world, first-time major quarterfinalist and
Coco missing by big margins today, she's just never looked comfortable.
Rybarikova on the flip side, it looks like she's played multiple
quarterfinals in majors, very calm and composed. Following her game
plan beautifully. Three hours ago they came off the court in the rain,
a court that had lost its hat, but now they are on the Centre Court
which has got its hat on. Two different situations but it's
Rybarikova who has handled it far better. Vandeweghe these days under
the watchful eye of Pat Cash but he can only watch in some frustration
as Vandeweghe, with the new balls, serving to stay in the last of these
ladies quarterfinals. Just falling apart, serving 31% of
first serves in. Rybarikova on the verge of becoming
the first Slovak woman ever to make the Wimbledon semifinal. It was
Sybil Cove last year who made the quarters. And to Covert back in 2002
but none have reached the last four. The target. The forehand isn't quite
as sure and steady, Rybarikova. Nothing really has gone right for
Coco Vandeweghe. This is not the woman Uysal surging into the
quarterfinals. -- we saw surging. Match point, Rybarikova.
Those are the kind of points Pat Cash wants her to play, hit it with
enough pace, give yourself margin, getting forced errors. Right now he
would be happy with her just getting the ball in the court, in the
rectangle. Margins. That was brave. Beautifully
executed. The Centre Court has already seen
one comeback today. I'm not sure if it has the energy for another. It is
about two thirds full, many leaving after the contact Halep -- Konta
Halep encounter. This has been a nightmare for Coco
Vandeweghe. Not what she dreamt of when she went to bed last night.
Third chance to close, for Rybarikova.
Starting to serve better. Just had to let out the tension.
Vandeweghe flooring off the shackles. -- throwing off. Amazing
what they view first serves will do for your confidence. -- what a few
first serves. Getting ahead in the point.
Nice to get the first point when you're trying to serve for any
match, let alone a match of this significance.
Miss Vandeweghe is challenging the call, the ball was called in.
You hit it into the net. That's absolute baloney. He called it
before I hit it, I was standing at the ball. In my opinion it hit the
net. If he says it at the same time it is a distraction on the play.
Have you ever played tennis, if somebody calls out when you are in
motion, that a distraction. It it only isn't a distraction if the ball
has left the racket. Saying it in the middle of my hit. How does it
not affect the play, when I am in the swing? I mean, what are you
talking about? I am being serious, what are you talking about? I am in
play. I mean, you're out of line, totally wrong. How are you that
wrong? You're unbelievable. In my opinion, Kelly Thompson really
buried herself when she said you are in the middle of play when it was
called out. Out. Miss Vandeweghe is challenging the ball on the left
baseline, the ball was called in. Very close, wasn't it? It was close.
Benefit of the doubt for Coco there? Whatever, it is 30-0.
Pretty much summed up Vandeweghe's afternoon and evening. Rybarikova
has been so poised throughout her first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal.
She's got three more match points. It is a Slovak surprise. The
unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova is through to the Wimbledon semifinal.
The fairy tale continues. This is a woman who hadn't won, two surgeries
last year, and was outside the top 400 as recently as March this year.
Coming to Wimbledon, her preparation wasn't the Gold tour, it was
Elkington and elsewhere, winning both tournaments and now she finds
herself in a Wimbledon semifinal. For Vandeweghe, Tracey, just under
pressure, didn't deliver, utter devastation. 30 unforced errors
compared to just eight, four Rybarikova. Rybarikova just handled
the situation so much better, staying calm and composed, really
executing a terrific game plan. Vandeweghe, very rattled. Look at
the little smile, she can't believe it. I'm afraid you're going to have
two, Magdalena. You've got the 14th seed, Muguruza and a date on Centre
Court, Thursday afternoon. First ever Slovak woman to make a
Wimbledon women's semifinal. What a week for Rybarikova, she couldn't
have believed it last year, sitting on her sofa at home, her wrist in
plaster, her knee up on a chair. Couldn't have imagined playing
tennis like this but it always brings up fairy tales and this is a
very special one. In the end, it was routine. Straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
One hour and 14 minutes. It was a dream quarterfinal. Let's speak to
Magdalena. Congratulations, first Slovak woman to appear in a
Wimbledon semifinal. Can you put this into words? No, can't believe
it, really can't believe it. I would have never believed I could be in a
semifinal before this tournament. I am really speechless right now. So
happy and grateful. The contrast in emotions from now on to this time
last year, you were out for seven months, dropping to 400 in the world
rankings as recently as March and now you are a semifinalist at
Wimbledon, playing the tennis of your life. It was a very difficult
time and I was sad about it. I had a tough time and right now, I'm here.
Everything paid off, my rehabilitation, my work. The people
behind that, it is incredible. I'm sorry, I am so happy, I am really
speechless. You've created history, you deserve to be. You had wins in
Surbiton and Ilkley at the lower level but this is a different level,
this is Wimbledon. How have you kept it together, keeping so calm and
progressing so impressively? I was afraid because I have only played
smaller tournaments and I didn't know how I would play here. I've
played in the semifinal at Nottingham, beating good players but
this is Wimbledon and I couldn't have expected to play like this.
Beating Coco 6-3, 6-3, which is amazing for me. I was glad I was
focused, even changing court and here I am. It does not get any
easier, Muguruza coming in the semifinal but the way you are
playing, surely you fear no one? I played her grass and won a few years
ago but it will be a different class, she impressed me a lot,
playing really well and it will be really tough. I am not the
favourite. I hope I enjoyed the match. The words Magdalena
Rybarikova, Wimbledon semifinalist, can you believe it? No, I will have
to sleep on it. Congratulations again, well done. Amazing story,
with all of the injuries, coming back to the tour in February and now
she is in the last four at Wimbledon. We have a few minutes
left, Clare will be here in Today at Wimbledon soon. We will show the
conclusion of a match that took place on Court Two and our chance to
look at Jamie Murray, his partner in the mixed doubles, Martina Hingis,
facing Hradecka and Jebavy of the Czech Republic. Murray and Hingis
taking the first sets. Jebavy is difficult to predict,
isn't he? Some awkward shots, but you saw there, wonderful touch.
We've seen it all in one game. We mentioned it, you know, the loose
shots on the easy balls, you think he should make and then this
beautiful shot, crosscourt, nice touch, enough underspend. Not an
easy shot to hit. They are the kind of shots, when you watch doubles and
mixed doubles, I think the crowd enjoy the variety, finding different
angles, it isn't all about power. You need variety. A match that
started over three hours ago but we had two rain delays. Here is Jamie
Murray to try and get him self and Martina through to the
quarterfinals. Hingis and Murray and the net, their
hands are too good. If you hit it flat and hard and then, this is what
happens. Look at the technique on the backhand volley from Hingis and
there is the winner from Murray. Nice touch.
Talking of touch, how about that? That's how good he is at the net. A
good half-volley followed up by another beautiful shot. Judy quite
like that as well. There is the half-volley, and there is the angle
on the next one. Look how he was always looking to move forwards.
That wouldn't have gone over if he didn't do that. Three match points.
Away it goes and they are through to the last eight.
A really enjoyable match. It has gone according to form. Their first
two matches together, Murray and Hingis, two from two and they
haven't dropped a sets so far. I wonder where Carol Kirkwood had
gone! That was earlier today, this is the weather now, it has moved in.
Don't go anywhere because next we have Today at Wimbledon. Men's
quarterfinal stage tomorrow, and Andy Murray is first on Centre
Live quarter-final action from Wimbledon presented by Sue Barker. Last year's women's draw saw unseeded Elena Vesnina dispatch Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final.
During the BBC's coverage throughout the tournament, we hear from some of the great past champions who have contributed to the rich history of Wimbledon, and we relive some of the Championships' most famous moments from down the years.