ohanna Konta first British woman into Wimbledon
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Johanna Konta did more than win a tennis match at Wimbledon on Tuesday. In the performance of her life – which may well lead to many others – she turned doubters into believers and conquering the nerves that once threatened to strangle her Andrew Luck Authentic Jersey talent, beat the world No2, Simona Halep, in three sets of the highest quality to become the first British woman semi-finalist here since Virginia Wade in 1978. To give herself a shot at the Venus Rosewater dish Konta has to beat the ageless Venus Williams in the semi-finals, knowing the 37-year-old American looked back to her best in beating the young French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5. “Age is not a factor,” Konta said in the immediate aftermath. “She’s a tremendous champion. I feel privileged to share a court with her.” Konta, who beat Williams on hardcourt in Miami this year, then lost to her on the clay of Rome, added later: “I’ve never played her on grass, so that will be a new challenge. The way Venus and her sister have elevated women’s tennis is truly www.indianapoliscoltsauthorizedstore.com inspiring. I feel very excited and very humbled.” In a rare insight, Konta then shared her feelings about her former mind coach, the late Juan Coto. “Juan was a tremendous influence on me. That went beyond my tennis career. He approached his work with me in a very holistic manner. It was more about me as a human being. He did a tremendous job with me in working on my happiness as a person, as a human being, dealing with life in general. He looked to help me enjoy something that I’ve loved since I was a little girl. As for her opponent in Tuesday’s quarter-final, Halep brought out the very best in Konta, who has blossomed beyond all expectation. “It’s a little bit surreal,” the Briton said. “It’s incredible how quickly things go in tennis. I’m still digesting things. I felt very clear on what I was trying to achieve out there, regardless of whether it was going my way or not. I knew she was really not going to give me much for free. I had to create my own chances, and I was fortunate to take a few of them.” Indeed she did, breaking the tough Romanian twice from eight chances. Her serve was solid, some of her groundstrokes blistering and her composure as impressive as at any time in her career. Konta, at 26, has become the player that Laura Robson – still only 23 – often was and might yet be again: an uncompromising hitter whose core strategy is to drill the ball deep, shot after shot, and grind her opponent down. Robson probably hit the ball harder at her peak before injury cut her down, but Konta has a more mechanical and reliable swing that brings her winners through Texans Youth Jersey attrition rather than spectacularly. All of her skills and a few lingering wisps of her old vulnerability were on show. However, it was not the occasion that induced fault lines in her attack, but her wonderful opponent, whose discipline kept her unforced errors to only nine over two hours and 38 minutes. This was an unmitigated battle of muscle, endurance and courage in the shot. Neither of them held back for a second. As much as it might have been an optical illusion, the hitting between them, within their own parameters of power, seemed more venomous than that in the opening match between Novak Djokovic and Adrian Mannarino. In that men’s fourth-round match, the emphasis was on placement above power. In this women’s three-setter, each punch was loaded for a knockout, hit flat and fast across the lowest point of the net. Variety is not just the spice of life, it is the best way to induce http://www.houstontexansauthorizedstore.com/akeem-dent-jersey doubt on a tennis court. Roger Federer was amazed, for instance, that his young doppelg?nger, Grigor Dimitrov, did not serve and volley once in the entirety of their match on Monday – or the tournament for that matter. Here, there was not a hint of a drop shot until the third point of the 12th game, 43 minutes into the match, even though there were several openings before then. Not many followed. Both coaches, Wim Fissette for Konta and Halep’s Darren Cahill, are acknowledged tacticians; Women's Majestic Detroit Tigers #6 Al Kaline Replica Green Salute to Service MLB Jersey maybe they also see ripping the ball to shreds as the safest route to victory.

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