Brits have new queen

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LEO SCHLINK

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.

AUSSIE- BORN: Jo­hanna Konta of Great Bri­tain cel­e­brates her vic­tory over Si­mona Halep in the Wim­ble­don quar­ter- fi­nals.

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