Sexism row hits Wimbledon as Konta and Murray advance

Johanna Konta made history against Simona Halep

Konta will face five-time champion Venus Williams on Thursday for a spot in Saturday's title match as she continues her quest to become Britain's first women's singles victor at The All England Club since Wade in 1977.

CoCo Vandeweghe is into the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the second time after defeating fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (4), 6-4 on No. 3 Court.

Konta first signed autographs and evaded the efforts of one colourfully-dressed fan to take a selfie with her.

The 20-year-old idolised Venus's sister Serena Williams, the reigning champion who is absent while she prepares to have her first child, and has modelled her go-for-broke game after the American legend.

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Konta has been on a rollercoaster ride over the last two years, which has seen her climb the rankings up from 146th in the standings to world No 7. "But I definitely can not complain with the amount of support and general good feelings that they were wishing my way".

John, from Swansea, revealed later he had also grabbed a selfie with Novak Djokovic.

"I just always felt like I have to keep trying", said Williams, who repeatedly took advantage of Ostapenko's second serves at around 70 miles per hour (110 kph).

"She's a brilliant lady".

Simona Halep couldn't stop Johanna Konta
GETTYSimona Halep couldn't stop Johanna Konta

However, Ostapenko doesn't handle changes of pace that well and I'm sure Venus will attack her second serve. "I guess I am the Selfie Pensioner now".

However, bad blood aside, Konta remained much more philosophical in her answer. I'm still digesting things a little bit still. That's why when I think of those with the best drop shots they all tend to be modern players. "That's the approach and the effort I put into every single match that I play". It actually helped me and I don't care if people don't believe.

"The crowd were incredible". "That's all I felt like". It is very hard for them to understand my position on it.

Konta, who won in Sydney and Miami earlier this year, had split her four previous meetings with Garcia, including in Indian Wells in March.

Pliskova is the sixth woman to reach World No. 1 without winning a grand slam title. I always remember seeing a group of ladies coming off the court and hearing one of them say: "I'm not playing with her any more". Both Halep and Cirstea played down Konta's claims, before the world No. 2 cruised past the Brit the following day to steer Romania to victory.

King told the BBC: "It's great for women's tennis, it's terrific for tennis and it's even more special for everybody here in Great Britain".

Pop star Ellie Goulding, 30, was also in the Royal Box, alongside Strictly judge Darcey Bussell, 48, and Olympic gold heptathlete Denise Lewis, 44.

Caroline Garcia is enjoying the greatest grand slam success of her career as she prepares to face Johanna Konta - after enraging her Fed Cup team-mates by quitting the France team.

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