Saturday 19 August 2017

People are very excited that a British woman has made the Wimbledon quarter-finals

It’s been a long time since this happened.

Konta has emulated Jo Durie’s feat 33 years ago (Tim Ireland/AP)
Konta has emulated Jo Durie’s feat 33 years ago (Tim Ireland/AP)

By Max McLean

For the first time in 33 years Britain has a woman in the quarter-finals of the ladies’ singles at Wimbledon.

Johanna Konta, the competition’s sixth seed, beat France’s Caroline Garcia 7-6 4-6 6-4 in another excellent contest at SW19.

It’s fair to say it’s been a while. The last British woman to make it to this stage of the competition was Jo Durie in 1984.

Olympic hockey star Sam Quek was quick to show her appreciation for the 26-year-old’s efforts.

And broadcaster Dan Walker was similarly excited by Konta’s progression through the tournament.

Meanwhile others were enjoying Britain’s representation across both the ladies’ and the gentlemen’s singles.

Konta’s quarter-final won’t be easy – she faces second seed Simona Halep in the next round.

And with the England women’s cricket team beating Australia in the World Cup for the first time in 24 years on Sunday, it’s not been a bad day or two for British women’s sport.

Konta described it as “pretty special” to match Durie’s feat, but she will justifiably now have another long-standing record in her sights, that of Virginia Wade – the last British woman to win Wimbledon in 1977.

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