Konta teach­ing his­tory at Wim­ble­don with an­other vic­tory

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - SPORTS -

With every vic­tory at Wim­ble­don this week, Jo­hanna Konta is teach­ing the Bri­tish public more and more about its ten­nis his­tory.

Tuesday’s les­son in­volved Vir­ginia Wade, the pre­vi­ous Bri­tish woman to reach the semi­fi­nals at Wim­ble­don. Not too co­in­ci­den­tally, Wade was sit­ting in the Royal Box watch­ing as Konta beat Si­mona Halep 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4 to match that feat.

“I guess to be in the semi­fi­nals of my home Slam, and to do that in front of a full Cen­tre Court, I mean, it’s pretty, pretty special,” Konta said.

The sixth-seeded Konta was the first Bri­tish woman to reach the quar­ter­fi­nals at the All Eng­land Club since Jo Durie in 1984. She is now the first since Wade in 1978 to reach the semi­fi­nals.

Wade made the fi­nal that year, but lost to Chris Evert. Wade won the ti­tle a year ear­lier, how­ever.

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