Barbora Strycova Stuns Johanna Konta to Reach First Semifinals at Wimbledon Championships 2019

Published 07/09/2019, 2:57 PM EDT

Barbora Strycova stuns Johanna Konta 7-6, 6-1 to reach the first grand slam semi-finals of her career at the Wimbledon Championships 2019. Johanna Konta was the last British player remaining in the tournament.

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Johanna Konta looked to dominate the match right from the start as she broke Barbora Strycova in her very first game to earn a lead of 2-0 in the first set.

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Both the players then held their service games in the next 4 games respectively. However, Strycova fought back hard to break Konta in the seventh game to stay on serve at 4-3. 

The set went on till the tiebreaker as the two held their serve till 6-6. There was nothing to differentiate between the two as the match marched towards the tiebreaker.

Johanna Konta and Barbora Strycova rallied through the tiebreaker with strong groundstrokes till 5-5 when the Czech shifted the gear and won two consecutive points to win the first set 7-5(5).

Barbora Strycova was all over Johanna Konta in the second set as she won the first three games, breaking the Brit in the second game.

The Czech again then went on to win the second set 6-1, breaking Konta twice in the set. Strycova will face the 23-time grand slam champion, Serena Williams in the semifinals.

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Strycova was mesmerized to reach the last four as she said after the match, “I can’t really believe it. I am extremely happy and my voice is even shaking because I can’t believe it! I have still doubles! So I have to go away!”

She continued, “I felt like I was playing well, she was striking the ball quick and hard, I tried to mix it up and I start to feel better and better and confidence was building.”

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Strycova further added that she is excited to play on the Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. “This was one of the best matches I play here and I’ve never played on center-court before! It’s a great week to play Serena Williams, I can’t wait to be on Thursday on the court,” the Czechia added.

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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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