Brits have new queen
BORN in Sydney, a product of the Australian tennis system but now very much a British heroine — welcome to Wimbledon semi- finalist Johanna Konta’s world.
Now entrenched in the world’s top 10, Konta formally defected from Australian colours in 2012, having moved to the UK 12 years ago.
Raised on Sydney’s northern beaches, Konta was considered talented but not gifted enough to warrant continued funding by Australian authorities.
Her Hungarian parents Gabor and Gabriella then decided to return to Europe to help further their daughter’s career.
And with Tuesday’s dogged 6- 7 ( 2- 7) 7- 6 ( 7- 5) 6- 4 over Simona Halep, Konta is the toast of Britain.
If Konta downs Venus Williams tonight, she will play either Garbine Muguruza or Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova in Saturday’s final.