Johanna Konta Loses Cool With Reporter For 'Patronising' And 'Picking On Her' After Shock Defeat
Johanna Konta refused to hold back against a reporter after she slammed the 'patronising' tone made against her in the post-match press conference.
Konta, 28, had her Wimbledon semi-final dreams scuppered after a shock straight-set defeat to Czech player Barbora Strýcová.
And the Australia-born British tennis star threw away a 4-1 lead in the first set to lose 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 in an error-filled performance.
The British number one had a heated exchange with a reporter in the post-match press conference after critical comments were made about her performance.
Courtesy of the New York Times' Ben Rothenberg, posted below
is the exchange between Konta and the reporter.
Reporter: "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? It's all very well saying it's a lot to do with your opponent, but there were key points when you perhaps could have done better."
Konta: "Is that in your professional tennis opinion?"
Reporter: "No, that's just as a watching spectator with everyone else on Centre Court willing you on. And the numbers are IBM's."
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Konta: "Okay. I mean, I don't think you need to pick on me in a harsh way. I mean, I think I'm very open with you guys. I say how I feel out there. If you don't want to accept that answer or you don't agree with it, that's fine. I still believe in the tennis that I play. I still believe in the way I competed. Yeah, I don't have much else to say to your question."
Reporter: "I'm 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 don't patronise me."
Reporter: "I'm not patronising you."
Konta: "No, no, you are. In the way you're asking your question, you're being quite disrespectful and you're patronising me. I'm a professional competitor who did her best today, and that's all there is to that."
Moderator: "Let's move on to the next question."
Konta fought hard against Strýcová to try and climb back into the match, but she was unable to keep her Wimbledon dreams alive.
She told BBC Sport: "I did my best, and my best today wasn't good enough.
"Every decision I made, every thought process, every opportunity I gave myself, I have no regrets in doing."
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