People are very excited that a British woman has made the Wimbledon quarter-finals
It’s been a long time since this happened.
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.
Konta beats Garcia 7-6 4-6 6-4, another terrific win in a desperately tight match, first GB woman into the quarters since @Jodurie in 1984.— Piers Newbery (@piersnewbery) July 10, 2017
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.
I should be working but after Jo Konta did so well, I now HAVE to watch Murray make it a double. Some beautiful tennis today at #Wimbledon— Jo Hemmings (@TVpsychologist) July 10, 2017
Konta’s quarter-final won’t be easy – she faces second seed Simona Halep in the next round.
Halep next for Konta. Victory for the Romanian and she's world number one. The women's quarters are going to be great— Eleanor Crooks (@EleanorcrooksPA) July 10, 2017
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.
Terrific couple of days for British women's sport. England cricketers beating Aus yesterday; Jo Konta into #Wimbledon qfs today.— Eleanor Oldroyd (@EllyOldroyd) July 10, 2017
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.