Wimbledon 2017 Johanna Konta in Semi-finals
Johanna Konta beat Romanian second seed Simona Halep in a thrilling match. Konta becomes Britain’s first women’s Wimbledon semi-finalist since 1978.
Sixth seed Konta, 26, fought back to win 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. It matched Virginia Wade’s feat of 39 years ago.
With Wade watching from the Royal Box, Konta served superbly to win in two hours and 38 minutes and set up a semi-final against American Venus Williams.
“It’s surreal because of how quickly things change in tennis,” said Konta.
“I’m definitely still digesting things. I definitely felt clear on what I was trying to achieve, regardless of if it was going my way. I just stuck to my true self.”
Konta is just two victories from matching Wade’s 1977 triumph. Johanna will take on five-time champion Williams on Thursday for a place in the final.
The British player has repeatedly spoken of the mental and tactical “process” she relies upon during her rise up the rankings, and it held up superbly under huge pressure.
She finished the match with 36 unforced errors to Halep’s nine, but trusted in an attacking game plan that produced 48 winners to 26.
And having coped with the tag of title favourite since she won her second-round match, Konta overcame an opponent on the brink of becoming world number one with impressive poise.
— YourNewsUKtv (@YourNewsUKtv) July 11, 2017
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