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Britain´s Johanna Konta let rip at a journalist on Tuesday after he challenged her big-point mentality after another golden Grand Slam opportunity went begging.

The British number one lost 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to unseeded Barbora Strycova in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

She hit a huge 33 unforced errors in a match in which she was the overwhelming favourite, mirroring a similar showing in the French Open semis.

“I don’t think you need to pick on me in a harsh way,” she told one reporter, with Konta having form in previous news conferences for blasting reporters.

Presented with examples of shots that had gone wrong, such as a smash at the net and a double fault, and asked if she perhaps could have coped better on big points, she replied: “Is that in your professional tennis opinion?” before saying the questioning was “disrespectful and patronising”.

“I’m a professional competitor who did her best today, and that’s all there is to that,” she added.

Konta had put in battling performances against top-10 players in her two previous matches, coming through in three sets against Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova, and has much to celebrate at Wimbledon, and is set to return to the top 15 in the rankings for the first time since March 2018.

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