Konta teaching history at Wimbledon with another victory
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.