The quest for a home victor of Wimbledon has been postponed for another year at least after Johanna Konta was defeated in straight sets (7-6, 6-1) by unseeded Czech player Barbora Strycova in Tuesday's quarterfinal in front of an expectant, but ultimately disappointed, Center Court.
In a tense press conference, Konta admitted she did not play her best but bit back at the suggestion she fluffed her lines at the big moments, saying: "I don't think you need to pick on me in a harsh way".
"It's unfortunate, but I think that is part of what she has to do to protect her future". You guys want a timeframe. "I had to just button up and play hard".
"I believe in myself".
"The pressure is off him, I don't feel like there is any pressure on him at all, it has just been good fun to see him playing with no pain".
Konta: "Please don't patronise me".
"In the way you're asking your question, you're being quite disrespectful and you're patronizing me", Konta said.
"I have never seen a player like Barbora who serves and volleys and covers the court like she does", added Dlouhy.
Konta surrendered a 4-1 lead to eventually lose the first set on a tiebreak before being broken twice in the second set.
However, Konta felt her performance in her French Open semi-final defeat to Marketa Vondrousova in June was of a higher quality. Williams had had less than three hours to recover from her quarter-final battle with Alison Riske, but showed no signs of fatigue during her second outing of the day on Centre Court with a string of stunning winners, which made up for Murray struggling to capitalise on several break points.
She came into the quarters having won 96 singles matches at the All England Club, while the other seven players left in the draw had won 80 between them.
For the 14th time in her career, Serena Williams is in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. But now in these two weeks, I could accomplish something that I worked so many years with my mental coaches. "I think there was a lot of talk about us playing, then once we got on the court, we wanted to do well".
When asked if she believed she actually caused $10,000 worth of damage, Williams jokingly said she might have underestimated her true strength.
Next for the 37-year-old Serena will be a match against 54th-ranked Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic, who reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at age 33 with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 victory over 19th seed Johanna Konta of Britain. Quizzed on when he will make his singles comeback, he gave his strongest update yet when responding: "I don't know exactly. I'm so happy that I got to experience it". Svitolina failed to serve out the match on her first attempt at 5-2 but later converted her first match point when Muchova missed a backhand return.