British tennis star Johanna Konta characterized a reporter as “patronizing” and questions he posed to her as “disrespectful” after her quarterfinal loss to unseeded Barbora Strycova at Wimbledon on Tuesday.
The complaints against the unidentified reporter came after he asked how Konta, currently the-top ranked player in the Britain, could have performed better at key moments in the match.
“Is that in your professional tennis opinion?” Konta, 28, replied following her 7-6, 6-1 loss to 33-year-old Strycova, the Czech player ranked 54th in the world. “I don’t think you need to pick on me in a harsh way.”
“I think I’m very open with you guys,” she continued. “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.”
“I’m just asking you as somebody who presumably wants to go on from here, learn from this, win a Grand Slam one day. Is it not something…” the reporter continued, before Konta cut him off.
“You’re being quite disrespectful and you’re patronizing me,” Konta added, after the reporter continue to press her on what went wrong. “I’m a professional competitor who did her best today, and that’s all there is to that.”
American Serena Williams, 37, moved on to the semifinals with a win on Tuesday. She will face Strycova in the semifinals.