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Johanna Konta becomes first British woman since Wade to enter Wimbledon semi-finals

Johanna Konta after defeating Simona Halep in the quarter final match on Tuesday. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jul 12, 2017, 04.48 AM (IST)

Johanna Konta has become the first British woman since Virginia Wade to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals.

The 26-year-old British player came through after a tough fight against Romanian Simona Halep in three sets to clinch a place in the women's semi-final where she will meet five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams.

The seventh seed lost the first set but came back to beat Halep 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 6-4 to become the first British woman to enter the Wimbledon semi-final since Virginia Wade in 1977. 

"It's a little bit surreal. I'm definitely still digesting things right now," said Johanna after winning the quarter-final. 

Ever since Virginia Wade beat Betty Stöve to win the Wimbledon title forty years ago, Britain's women players have failed to deliver at the premier tennis event. Johanna’s win will no doubt spur British tennis fans who would be hoping to see her go all the way to the final and clinch the title. 

Wade said after the match that the British player will come out as a winner in the semi-final against Venus Williams.

Johanna will now clash against Venus Williams on Thursday.

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