Johanna Konta, the Eastbourne-based Brit pulled off a remarkable 6-3 6-3 success over Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova to ease into the Nottingham Open quarter-finals in England.
The world #147, a wildcard in the 16-player tournament, lost her serve to trail 2-1 but bounced back to level matters.
When it really matters, Konta’s hard-hitting returns sealed the eighth game and she dropped one point to seal the set in 37 minutes.
The second set was neck-and-neck for the opening six games, producing little in terms of entertainment for the crowd.
Konta once more turned on the style at a crucial point to break serve without losing a point to edge ahead 4-3 and held her serve for 5-3.
What proved to be the last game in the contest proved to be a real ding-dong battle, Konta proving victorious on the third match point to set up a quarter-final clash with Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig who surprised Czech Luice Hradecka with two tie-breaks sets.