Johanna Konta feels the force as Centre Court rallies round new favourite

The Wimbledon crowd found its voice after a muted start as a match of awesome hitting and gruelling rallies reached a rousing finale

Tuesday afternoon, and the rain was falling on Wimbledon as if the gods were crying over the absence of a British woman in the Wimbledon semi-finals since 1978. But then, under the roof, Eastbourne-by-way-of-Sydney’s own Johanna Konta strode out to face down Simona Halep on Centre Court for that very opportunity.

Sadly, at first, it looked like many had missed the memo. The party was not exactly popping as Konta and Halep took the stage, with empty seats around Centre Court and especially in the royal box, where the numbers were comparable to that at a meeting of the Ilie Nastase supporters’ club.

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