Frustrated Konta hits out at 'patronising' questioning after Wimbledon exit

Frustrated Konta hits out at 'patronising' questioning after Wimbledon exit

She is up to No 14 in the world rankings and still has the US Open to come.

"It's okay to take a step back, but then you have to take two forward".

Her power game was locked and loaded and there appeared little Strycova could do to prevent the Briton steaming into a semi-final showdown with seven-time champion Serena Williams.

After playing a superb tiebreak to take the first set the 33-year-old Strycova took complete charge of the match as Konta self-destructed with a flurry of wild errors.

In the first set, both the players saw off the danger on their service game in the 5th and 6th game.

But Konta managed to stop the bleeding and haul herself level before a composed final set wrapped up a 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory.

Twelve months ago, she was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the juniors competition at SW19 but has now become a household name around the globe, the world mesmerised by her journey. The mighty American beat Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-2. 6-2. And that error count did not look too good on her record.

That changed in the eighth game of the first set, Stephens mixing things up with lobs, drops and powerful groundstrokes to force the pivotal break.

Again, the young American resisted, broke back, but then called the doctor for a stomach problem.

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Considering Konta is a three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist with a career-high ranking of four and was a clear favourite for Tuesday's match, it did not seem unreasonable for her to be asked whether she could have performed better.

The Centre Court crowd on Manic Monday at Wimbledon thrilled to a big win by the last British player standing in either singles draw, as No.19 seed Johanna Konta hoisted home hopes with a fourth-round upset of two-time champion and No.6 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Konta began the year slowly but has transformed her fortunes by reaching the semi-finals at the French Open and going deep into her warm-up tournament on grass at Eastbourne. She played very freely in the end.

Konta is under no illusion about the task facing her and when reflecting on her fortnight so far, she said: "Obviously the experience that I had in 2017 was a magnificent one, it was something that is incredibly special to me".

Kvitova fought back with a run of three games in a row, saving two match points, but Konta served it out at the second time of asking to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. She would serve it out, 6-2, and with considerable momentum.

Tennis players at Wimbledon, and most professional tennis tournaments, are required to make themselves available to the press to ask questions nearly immediately they walk off the court.

"I guess what happened is that I have an opponent on the other side of the court who has everything to say in how the match goes", Konta said.

Konta served for the match at 5-2 but was broken as the Czech found her range again to beat off two match points.

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