Johanna Konta beat No2 seed Simona Halep 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4 at Wimbledon on Tuesday, to become the first British woman semi-finalist here since Virginia Wade in 1978.
After losing the first set Konta came back to win the match. She will face Venus Williams, five times a champion here, in Thursday’s semi-finals.
Konta was serving for the match in the final set and emotions under the roof of Centre Court were running high among the crowd. Every point was being cheered but one particular fan got over excited.
With Konta 40-15 up it appeared as though Halep had hit the ball long. It led to a female fan screaming very loudly as the point continued.
Halep then hit the ball into the net to give Konta the win.
But with the crowd cheering Konta’s success Halep, who would have become the world No 1 had she won, looked to the umpire as if to ask that the point be replayed. But the point stood.
After the match Konta said of the incident: ‘I think it was a woman on my end screamed. I think she got over excited about a deep ball Simona hit. It was actually as I was hitting my ball so I think it more affected me necessarily more than my opponent.’
Halep had no complaints about the crowd, saying they had been “very and very fair” but was unhappy about the last point. She said she had asked the umpire to order the point to be replayed but he had refused. (Combined reports)