Yet Konta, in red hot form as the temperatures soared into the 30s, did just that and was happy to agree this was one of her best-ever Grand Slam performances, a model of efficiency and adorned liberally with 33 winners. “Overall, just pleased to have come through that,” she enthused, “and just very pleased with the level I played.”
A step up
A level which, she accepted, would need to be enhanced for a last-eight meeting with either Sloane Stephens or Garbine Muguruza, Grand Slam champions both.
“I'm looking forward to it. It will be a great opportunity for me to play against one of the best players in the world,” smiled the No.26 seed Konta, who just seems to keep gathering momentum, especially after overcoming a heavy cold that bugged her during the opening week.
“I’m really doing my best at really enjoying the different matches I get to play and the different accomplishments that I get to experience. Today was definitely one. I'm really enjoying it and really grateful for it. Just happy to still be here.”