Johanna Konta made history on Tuesday evening as she became Britain’s first woman to advance to the Wimbledon semi-final in 39 years.
The British number one beat world number two Simona Halep and is the first to follow Virginia Wade’s 1978 feat to reach the final four in the competition.
She won 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 in two hours and 38 minutes, however for some on Twitter, the final few seconds of the match overshadowed the spirit of the game – and Konta’s subsequent celebration – as one spectator screeched from the audience at the Briton’s match point.
Awful ending with a fan screaming out on match point, disrupting both players. Halep stared at Kader Nouni, hoping for a call. #Wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 11, 2017
Don’t yell out during tennis matches. Konta deserved her celebration. That was a rough and awkward end for both after such a great match.— Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits) July 11, 2017
Some thought Romanian player Halep was distracted by the scream as she delivered a forehand straight into the net, but umpire Kader Nouni did not have the point replayed and Konta emerged the clear victor.
Following her win, Konta told the BBC: “Right now, it’s a little bit surreal.”
Despite the brief, last-minute drama, nobody could deny the high-quality tennis played.
Incredible match by Jo Konta, wins 67 76 64 over Halep. She just doesnt give up at all. So driven, believes in herself--finally at Wimbledon— Matt Cronin (@TennisReporters) July 11, 2017
And for a few, the highlight came in the moments after the match, when a Chelsea Pensioner was seen snapping a selfie with Britain’s tennis star from the court sidelines – but not without a little technical help from the player.
The Chelsea pensioner that was celebrating that he got a selfie with jo konta is the most adorable thing ever.— RaffandLeggey (@rafflegge) July 11, 2017
New favourite moment of the tournament: Konta helping a Chelsea pensioner do a selfie and his happy dance after he got it! ❤️😂— Naomi Broady (@NaomiBroady) July 11, 2017
Konta will face five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in Thursday’s semi-final.