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Be proud in defeat, Wade tells Konta after Venus clash


By Eleanor Crooks

Virginia Wade told Johanna Konta to be proud of her efforts after she fell just short of giving Britain another women's singles finalist at Wimbledon 40 years on. Konta was looking to emulate 1977 champion Wade but was beaten 6-4 6-2 by five-time former champion Venus Williams.

Wade said: "I don't think she needs to be discouraged at all. It is easy to be so depressed but I think as long as you've done everything in your power to win, and you don't, it's not a big deal.

"She needs a little more experience because, unless you're young and so good and so have nothing in your head, it's very difficult.

"I think you have to build up, get some experience, get to the final, win a few more tournaments. She's won Miami but she hasn't won that many tournaments. It's very different at the end of the week.

"This will be hugely important for her. She played a remarkably good tournament."

Konta admitted her first thought after losing was: "Damn, I'm done."

Asked what was going through her head at the finish, Konta said: "Damn, I'm done. Then it was like, 'Oh okay, well, I'm done'.

"And then it was, 'Oh, thank you to everyone'. It was truly magnificent, the support that I had. I wanted to acknowledge the crowd."

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