Strycova stuns Konta to reach Wimbledon semi-finals

Strycova stuns Konta to reach Wimbledon semi-finals
Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 9, 2019 Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova in action during her quarter final match against Britain's Johanna Konta REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge -
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) – Unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova weathered an early storm to flatten British hopes with a 7-6(5) 6-1 defeat of Johanna Konta in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Konta powered into a 4-1 lead in the first set but Strycova never panicked and used her superior craft to turn the match in her favour in front of a deflated Centre Court crowd.

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.

Konta had raised hopes of a first British women’s singles champion at Wimbledon since 1977 with a strong run to the last eight, but she was well-beaten in the end.

World number 54 Strycova will face seven-time champion Serena Williams in her first Grand Slam semi-final.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Ken Ferris)

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