Second seed Halep ends Azarenka Wimbledon bid

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Konta has more than announced herself to the British public during this event, and she now enters just her second Grand Slam semi-final against a player who will be competing in her 10th at Wimbledon alone.

LONDON (AP) - Karolina Pliskova will rise to No. 1 in the WTA rankings for the first time next week despite a second-round loss at Wimbledon - and no Grand Slam titles.

Previously, the Belarusian and Romanian tennis players have played against other three times, with two wins going to Azarenka.

Supporters in the 15,000-seater Centre Court roared on home favourite Konta throughout the match.

But Konta fought back, cranking up her serve and winning eight straight points to draw level at 4-4.

Despite repeatedly denying her father was cheating by using hand gestures, Garcia was pushed to the limit in a post-match interview. That was a struggle, the former world no1 said - but he also became the latest player to complain about the condition of the courts at Wimbledon this year.

While both Konta and Halep were keen to put the incident behind them, the issue came to light again during their post-match press conferences on Monday.

"It's a win-win situation frankly and I'm thrilled for her". With the deftness of one her passing shots, she said: "I think that's a broadcasting decision".

"I'm just surprised it's taken so long", Wade said.

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She said: "Very nice and very fair". "Whether it will work in the future at any stage I'm not sure".

When pushed on the subject, the Romanian No. 1 replied: "It's [in the] past".

It was a lengthy comfort break for Konta leaving Halep alone with her thoughts, and she started the brighter, pressuring Konta early with a before relinquishing her own serve to give the Brit the advantage.

"People can say what they like but they were not in my shoes that day, they were not being verbally threatened". She was more aggressive and took more risks than Wozniacki, and her strategy paid off - she fired 38 winners across the net compared with her opponent's 16.

"I think they were a little bit overenthusiastic in parts", she added.

Konta, who reached the Australian Open semis a year ago, has yearned for major success since she was a child but she knows she will pay a heavy price if she looks beyond today's meeting with second seed Simona Halep. But she remains resolutely low-key in her answers, fending off those questions in the same way she has every opponent in the Championships; that she's taking it one step at a time and still has a lot to learn.

"I definitely feel that age is not a factor with her", she said of Williams.

"It was such a tough match to play", she told the BBC. That's my next battle. It is a clash which neither Konta nor Halep would want to lose.

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