Johanna Konta took exception to a journalist’s line of questioning following her Wimbledon quarter-final defeat to Barbora Strycova.
The British number one exited the Championships after blowing a 4-1 lead in the first set to eventually go down 7-6, 6-1 to the 33-year-old Czech.
Facing the media after the loss, Konta was asked by one journalist if she needed to “take look at yourself a little bit” to which she fired back: “Is that in your professional tennis opinion?”
Clearly unhappy with the comment, Konta continued “I don’t think you need to pick on me in a harsh way. I think I’m very open with you guys.
“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.”
As the journalist persisted, suggesting that the defeat would be experience for Konta to learn from she snapped:
“Please don’t patronise me. 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.”
Konta surrendered a 4-1 lead to eventually lose the first set on a tiebreak before being broken twice in the second set.
Defeat means she fails to match her previous best performance at SW19 when she reached the semi-final in 2017.
Strycova makes the last four at SW19 for the first time in her career and will be rewarded with a match against Serena Williams.
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