Konta and Watson reach quarter-finals

Johanna Konta

Konta reached a career-high ranking of 26 last month

British number one Johanna Konta saw off Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer in two hard-fought sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Monterrey Open in Mexico.

Konta, ranked 21 places higher at 27 in the world, won 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4) after two hours and four minutes.

The fourth seed is into her second quarter-final of 2016, having reached the last four at the Australian Open.

She is joined in the last eight by fellow Briton Heather Watson, who beat Slovenia’s Polona Hercog 6-2 6-3.

Konta goes on to face another Belgian in Kirsten Flipkens or Alison van Uytvanck, while Watson will meet either second seed Caroline Wozniacki or Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

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