Australian Open: Johanna Konta tearful after defeat to Serena Williams

Australian Open: Johanna Konta tearful after defeat to Serena Williams

The Brit could not conceal her emotions after her agonising quarterfinal defeat to the American.

CraigVickers
Craig Vickers

Britain’s Johanna Konta could not mask her emotions in the wake of her agonizing Australian Open quarterfinal defeat to world number two Serena Williams.

Konta, who has risen to a career-high number nine in the rankings, was dispatched 6-2, 6-3 in a little under an hour and a quarter on a sweltering hot day in Melbourne.

She revealed her admiration towards Williams before the match but admitted that she was relishing the challenge after reaching the semifinals in the same grand slam just twelve months ago.

The American will now face the tournament’s fairytale story in Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the semifinals while her sister, Venus, meets compatriot Coco Vandeweghe.

Raw emotions

Konta could not help but agonize over the bitter defeat, revealing that she had broke down in the tears in the locker room after the match.

“I cried because I'm generally quite an emotional person, I've never hid that,” said the 25-year-old.

“I've worked incredibly hard to direct that emotion into a positive and a constructive way on court, but off court, I'm still very emotional.”

Konta will drop to number ten in the rankings after his semifinal showing in Melbourne last year (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Asia Pac)
Konta will drop to number ten in the rankings after her semifinal showing in Melbourne last year (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Asia Pac)

A lesson learned

Konta was tipped by several to upset the 22-time grand slam champion after she displayed signs of frailty in her fourth round triumph over the Czech Barbora Strycova but Williams proved a step too far for the Brit.

“It was probably one of the best experiences of my life,” she reflected afterwards.

“There's so many things I can learn from that, so many things I can look to improve on.”

The 25-year-old added that she must relax more in the future after being overwhelmed by the pressure during the encounter.

Still, she could do little to tame Williams, whose first serve rose steadily as the match progressed.

The 35-year-old is aiming to break Steffi Graff’s Open Era record of 22 grand slam titles. 

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