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Johanna Konta accuses journalist of picking on her in tense press conference after Wimbledon exit

Johanna Konta accuses journalist of 'picking on her' in tetchy press conference
The British No.1 was unimpressed by some of the questions she was asked (Picture: Getty)

Johanna Konta was unhappy with a line of questioning at her post-match press conference following her Wimbledon quarter-final defeat to Barbora Strycova, accusing a journalist of picking on her.

The British No.1 took a 4-1 lead in the first set but threw it away, losing 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 as she crumbled in the second set, with the performance echoing her semi-final loss at the French Open when she spurned several set points.

Konta was asked about a number of decisive moments in which she failed to put away her opponent but took umbrage with the comments, saying the journalist was patronising her and instead defended her performance.

Heres the exchange in full…

Journalist: Looking at numbers, 33 unforced errors, then you had a smash at the net which you hit straight to her, then towards the end of the third set you had a double-fault, then missed a drive volley. Do you not have to look at yourself a little bit about how you cope with these big points? Its all very well saying its a lot to do with your opponent, but there were key points when you perhaps could have done better.

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Konta: Is that in your professional tennis opinion?

Journalist: No, thats just as a watching spectator with everyone else on Centre Court willing you on. And the numbers are IBMs.

Konta: Okay. I mean, I dont think you need to pick on me in a harsh way. I mean, I think Im very open with you guys. I say how I feel out there. If you dont want to accept that answer or you dont agree with it, thats fine. I still believe in the tennis that I play. I still believe in the way I competed. Yeah, I dont have much else to say to your question.

Johanna Konta accuses journalist of 'picking on her' in tetchy press conference
Konta had looked like a genuine contender after her win over Petra Kvitova (Picture: Getty)

Journalist: Im just asking you as somebody who presumably wants to go on from here, learn from this, win a Grand Slam one day. Is it not something —

Konta: Please dont patronise me.Read More – Source