‘Please don’t patronise me’ – Johanna Konta responds to critics after Wimbledon exit

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Konta exceeded expectations by reaching the last eight and knocking out higher seeds Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova en route.

However, a number of chances went begging as she fell to a straight-sets defeat to Barbora Strycova on Centre Court.

The Brit was asked if she felt she had missed an opportunity to progress to a fifth Grand Slam of her career.

Konta was also reminded of the mistakes she made during the match, the which she replied: “Is that in your professional tennis opinion?

“I mean, 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. Yeah, I don’t have much else to say to your question.

“Please don’t patronise me.

“No, no, you are. 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.”

Konta was also tetchy when quizzed about wasting a 4-1 first-set lead.

“I guess what happened is that I have an opponent on the other side of the court who has everything to say in how the match goes, as well,” she said.

“I think she was playing very well. I think I couldn’t quite find the level that I needed to make it difficult and challenging for the kind of player she is.

“She’s a very difficult player to play on this surface, and in general. She’s a very good player.

“It’s just, yeah, unfortunate I couldn’t quite find the level needed to come through.”

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