I hate the spectacle of nationalism in sport. I never cheer for that reason. I cheer on my favourites because they are supreme athletes and good people. That’s why I was secretly cheering on the British number 1, Johanna Konta in her match against Caroline Garcia from France, who is better known for doubles than singles play. Having said that, the likable French number 2 has been in good form of late and made it into the quarters of the Roland Garros in the singles draw this year.
The first set was keenly contested and was settled with a roar from Konta in the tie break. That was enough to seemingly make her opponent back off until the all important second set when Garcia had other ideas. With good technique and fast approaches to the net she outplayed the higher ranked Konta and took the second set in 28 minutes.
Into the final set we move and at 4 5 to Konta, Garcia looked decidedly nervous as a routine forehand at 30 30 went into the net giving Konta her first match point. The Brit took that first match point as another forehand from Caroline Garcia and into an open court went into the top of net. Her nerves just couldn’t cope. Konta’s joy was there for all to see. It was a proud moment for her and for us.
Konta makes history as the first British female tennis player to make it into the quarterfinals of Wimbledon since 1984.