Wimbledon 2017: Johanna Konta beats Simona Halep to reach semi-final
Johanna Konta beat Romanian second seed Simona Halep in a thrilling match to become Britain’s first women’s Wimbledon semi-finalist since 1978.
Sixth seed Konta, 26, fought back to win 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 and match Virginia Wade’s feat of 39 years ago.
With Wade watching from the Royal Box, Konta served superbly to win in two hours and 38 minutes and set up a semi-final against American Venus Williams.
“I’ve always believed in my own ability and I’ve always dreamt big,” she said.
“But I’m much more process orientated, so I don’t give myself too much time to dream. I’m more focused on the work.”
Konta is just two victories from matching Wade’s 1977 triumph and will take on five-time champion Williams on Thursday for a place in the final.
“I was so happy for her,” said 72-year-old Wade.
“I know how much pressure there is. It’s wonderful to be in an atmosphere like that, and she behaves very nicely.
“I have to hand it to her, that was a brilliant performance.”
Halep, 25, would have replaced Germany’s Angelique Kerber at the top of the rankings with victory over Konta, but Czech Karolina Pliskova will instead be the new world number one.