Johanna Konta becomes first British woman into Wimbledon semifinals since 1978

Britain's Andy Murray reacts after a point against US player Sam Querrey in their men's singles quarter-final match on the ninth day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon southwest London on July

Daniel Leal-Olivas AFP Getty Images Defending Andy Murray was affected by a sore left hip in his Wimbledon quarterfinal loss Wednesday

Konta was reduced to tears by what she felt were threats and intimidation from the Romanian fans in Constanta during her match against Sorana Cirstea.

The Brit edged her Romanian counterpart 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in a fascinatingly tight encounter and will now go on to face Venus Williams in the last-four on Thursday. Halep is still healing her wounds from defeat in the French Open final. In the final set, Konta finished with 11 winners and only two errors.

Much like Konta's epic match with Vekic, by the third set the two players were exhausted and the set looked to be going entirely with serve.

Halep looked at the umpire, seemingly hoping to have the point replayed.

"I really stuck to my true self and tried to create as many opportunities as possible".

"I think it's great", said Murray, who plays American Sam Querrey on Wednesday. Because he said, We can not replay.

"I love the fact she talks about her ambition". In my opinion, the public was very fair. But the rest was nice atmosphere.

'I'm playing against an incredibly tough opponent, that's my next battle.

He said: "I wouldn't say it's favouritism".

The last time Konta played Garcia she lost a tie-break in the deciding set at Indian Wells this year but this was an easier foray.

"She's definitely playing with confidence in the Slams".


"The courts honestly not that great this year, and many players feel the same".

Konta's status as a genuine contender to win a major tournament is credit, in part, to her mental resilience.

Evert, a former world number one, took issue with that line-up, explaining: "I think all women would like to see three of each to go along with the equal prize money". I continued to trust in the fact that what I was doing was going to bring me good things.

"Even sometimes on the WTA Tour when there is (legal) coaching and they can come on court, it's not making any difference, either, because maybe you have one minute to talk and it's not making any difference". We played in Indian Wells. But, yeah, then I wasn't too sure. Those who back Konta have every right to do so in a wide open draw. This was her 100th Wimbledon match, coming in her 20th appearance.

Although he reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros, Murray's general performance levels this year have been down on last year's highs which saw him reach world number one.

Enjoying a career renaissance deep into her 30s, despite dealing with an energy-sapping disease, Williams rode a strong serve that produced eight aces, imposing returns and her court coverage of old to a 6-3, 7-5 victory over French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, edging closer to a sixth singles title at the All England Club.

"I'm sure she's confident and determined". But she seems to be handling it well.

Day eight - aka women's quarter-final day - also sees the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Svetlana Kuznetsova in action as seven of the eight remaining players bid for their maiden SW19 title. Just over a year has passed since his surprise exit at the third-round stage to Sam Querrey. The 26-year-old maintained she was not playing against a crowd (indeed, it will be on her side this time around) or a past experience, but another tennis player - and a top one at that. But who is the star of British women's tennis?

"I have not dropped a set yet in grass court events at Eastbourne or here, and I have been feeling good on the courts, and I'm very motivated to get as far as I can in this tournament".

"It's a little bit surreal", Konta said.

"To be in the semi-finals of my home Slam and to play like that in front of a full Centre Court was pretty special".

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