Johanna Konta crashes out of Wimbledon to Barbora Strycova

Britain’s Johanna Konta has crashed out of Wimbledon at the quarter-final stage following an error-strewn performance against unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova.

Despite the backing of a packed Centre Court crowd, home favourite Konta threw away a 4-1 advantage in the opening set to lose 7-5 on a tie break.

And Konta continued to struggle in the second set, eventually losing it 6-1 in a little over an hour-and-a-half.

It means there are no Brits remaining in either singles draw as Strycova advances to take on seven-time champions Serena Williams in the semi-finals on Thursday.  

Johanna Konta is out of Wimbledon following an error-strewn performance against Barbora Strycova on Centre Court

Johanna Konta is out of Wimbledon following an error-strewn performance against Barbora Strycova on Centre Court

Johanna Konta is out of Wimbledon following an error-strewn performance against Barbora Strycova on Centre Court

Konta had the backing of most of the crowd on Centre Court but crashed out to Strycova

Konta had the backing of most of the crowd on Centre Court but crashed out to Strycova

Konta had the backing of most of the crowd on Centre Court but crashed out to Strycova

Barbora Strycova celebrates winning a point during her straight sets win over Konta

Barbora Strycova celebrates winning a point during her straight sets win over Konta

Barbora Strycova celebrates winning a point during her straight sets win over Konta 

There was little to split Konta – the No 19 seed and last remaining Brit in either singles draw – and her Czech opponent early on as they slugged it out on Centre Court.

Konta broke first but was then hauled back to 4-4 on serve as a result of a succession of errors against her unseeded opponent. 

The set went all the way to a tie-break but Konta was second best, losing it 7-5, and will need to come back and win the remaining two sets to progress.

Konta reacts after losing the opening set on a tie break 7-5 having led the set 4-1 at one point

Konta reacts after losing the opening set on a tie break 7-5 having led the set 4-1 at one point

Konta reacts after losing the opening set on a tie break 7-5 having led the set 4-1 at one point

But the momentum was very much with Strycova early in the second set as she broke Konta in the second game and then held serve for a 3-0 lead.

And there was no way back from there as 33-year-old Strycova held her nerve to see out the second set 6-1. 

Williams defeated her fellow American, Alison Riske, in three sets earlier in the day on Centre Court. 

Simona Halep of Romania will play Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the other semi-final. The two matches will take place on Thursday. 

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