Johanna Konta accuses journalist of ‘patronising’ and ‘picking on her’ after Wimbledon exit

28 October 2019

British No.1 Johanna Konta engaged in a heated conversation with a journalist after being criticised for her performance at Wimbledon accusing the reporter of being “patronising and disrespectful”.

The Australia-born British tennis star had just lost her chance of winning Wimbledon and then immediately she found herself in a tense press conference having to answer some tough questions. The 28-year-old Johanna Konta was disappointed by the line of questioning at her post-match press conference following her Wimbledon quarter-final loss to Barbora Strycova, accusing a journalist of “picking on her”.

Questioned by one journalist, they said to the former top 10 player there were "key moments of the match where she could have done better."

"Is that in your professional tennis opinion?" the Brit asked.

The journalist replied saying he was just "watching as everybody else was on Center Court" pointing out a series of statistics such as her 33 unforced errors. The reporter said the data they used in the question was from IBM, the official data company used at Wimbledon.

"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. I don’t have much else to say to your question."

The fiery conversation between the two didn’t end there with the journalist going on to said he was asking Konta the question because she is "somebody who presumably wants to go on from here, learn from this, win a Grand Slam one day". The journalist hit a nerve and triggered an angry response.

"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." Jo Konta snapped back.

World No.18 Konta crashed out in straight sets to Barbora Strycova 7-6 (7-5) 6-1, who has reached the last four of a major for the first time in her career at the age of 33. The outcome ended British hopes of a first women's singles champion at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977.

What’s next?

Barbora Strycova will now face Serena Williams in her first Grand Slam semi-final on Thursday, while world No.7 Simona Halep will take on Elina Svitolina for a place in the final.

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