Johanna Konta becomes the first British woman to reach Wimbledon quarter-final in 33 years

Johanna Konta Wimbledon

Tennis player, Johanna Konta has become the first British woman to reach a Wimbledon quarter-final in 33 years.

Konta reached the quarter-final stages after beating French player, Caroline Garcia in a three-set match.

Konta becomes the first woman to reach the final eight at Wimbledon since Jo Durie in 1984. The last woman to win at Wimbledon was Virginia Wade, who lifted the trophy in 1977.

Konta is currently the British number one, and her world ranking is number seven. In 2016, she reached the semi-final of the Australian Open and the quarter-final at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

Speaking about her achievement to the BBC, Konta said, “My next battle is all I have got my mind on.”

“It’s humbling that I have such champions thinking so highly of me.”

“That’s something that’s very complimentary towards me.”

“But there is a lot of work to be done between now and me being in a position to be playing for the Wimbledon title.”

“I haven’t really looked that far forward.”

“I’m unable to because I am playing an incredibly tough opponent, who is playing very well right now.”

Konta’s historic win comes after Andy Murray called for more women on the Centre Court of Wimbledon after a sexism row over scheduling.

Centre Court and Court one routinely host two men’s games per day, compared to just one women’s match.

Tennis stars Murray, Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber are amongst those now calling for Wimbledon to hold four matches a day on those courts.

Murray said Wimbledon needed to find a way to split male and female matches equally across the All England Club’s show counts.

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