"It's very exciting", Konta said in her postmatch press conference. She (Garcia) has been in impressive form and it was hard to find a rythm.
"I just kept on trying to get some momentum and some points under my belt".
Back in 1984, No.10 seed Jo Durie made her fourth and final Slam quarterfinal with a 3-6, 6-3, 9-7 fourth-round victory over none other than a 15-year-old Steffi Graf, who was making her Wimbledon debut. "There was very little between us today".
"Overall I was just happy to get enough returns in in that last game".
"I know there is a lot of coaching on court", she said.
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.
There was a slight blip when serving for the set at 5-1 as Azarenka earned a break back, but it only delayed what had always been an inevitable Halep win as once again the former world number one contrived to cough up cheap points on serve and, with it, the match. When Garcia had another set point, she appeared to hit it long, the ball was called out but then called in on review, to Konta's huge frustration.
She had crawled over the line but Konta's first serve and forehand were both breaking down and it was not such a surprise when Garcia took a 5-1 lead in the second.
Feeling her error had been prompted by the out-call, Konta briefly protested but she quickly recovered and stormed into a 3-0 lead in the tie-break.
Konta did at 5-4 when a Garcia challenge saw a forehand initially deemed long overturned by Hawkeye to break back at 5-5.
Serving to stay in the match, Garcia watched a backhand pass sail past her before a missed backhand of her own gave Konta match point.