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Wade backs Konta to reach final


By Eleanor Crooks

Virginia Wade is delighted her status as the last British woman to reach the Wimbledon singles semi-finals has gone, and has backed Johanna Konta to emulate her by progressing to the final.

Konta defeated Simona Halep 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 to become the first home player to make the last four in the women's singles since Wade in 1978.

The 1977 champion said: "I'm just surprised it's taken so long. It's fine to be the last British women's winner to win Wimbledon, but it's better to have plenty of British players to win. It's a win-win situation frankly and I'm thrilled for her. I know how much pressure there is."

Konta was two points from defeat in the second-set tie-break in a gripping match but turned things around to win.

Konta's opponent in the last four is five-time champion Venus Williams, who defeated French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko. Williams has the Wimbledon pedigree, but Wade said: "I don't think Venus will choke, so I think that Konta will have to win the match, but I think it's absolutely on the cards."

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