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Today’s back pages: Konta roars on at Wimbledon and Aussies go barefoot

A round up of the sport headlines from UK newspapers on 9 July

JK’s rolling into the last eight

Johanna Konta hit back from a set down to beat Petra Kvitova and reach the quarter-finals of the women’s singles at Wimbledon. 

Konta, the remaining British player in the singles at the All England Club, lost the opening set but fought back to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 against the two-time champion. 

Metro reports that “Konta roars on” after staging a brilliant fightback. The Daily Mail says the 28-year-old is “JK rolling” into the last eight. 

In today’s women’s singles quarter-final 19th seed Konta plays Barbora Strycova in the second match on Centre Court. 

Barefoot healing for the Aussies

Australia face England in the Cricket World Cup semi-final on Thursday and as part of their preparation for the big match the players got a feel for the surface at Edgbaston.

Walking around the outfield the Aussies went “barefoot to harness energy” of the Birmingham ground, The Times reports. 

Led by “hippie” coach Justin Langer, the squad “gathered in a circle and told each other personal stories, shoes and socks still removed”.

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