Serena's coach believes mixed doubles adventure has left her in prime shape

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British tennis star Johanna Konta had a testy exchange with a reporter following her loss to Barbora Strycova in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Konta said Strycova's comeback was due to her good play and not mistakes that she committed.

The Sydney-born, 28-year-old raised home hopes when she powered into a 4-1 lead against the unseeded Strycova but things turned ugly as she slumped to a 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 Centre Court defeat.

Svitolina was down 4-1 in the opening set but broke back when Muchova served at 5-3 and won the next three games as well.

There was no doubt this was a disappointing performance from Konta, who had played so well to beat top-10 duo Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova in the last two rounds, both times from a set down. "But actually I thought I played better there than in this match".

Konta committed 34 unforced errors in a match she led early when aiming to become the first Brit to win the women's singles since Virginia Wade in 1977.

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning her quarter final match against fellow American Alison Riske on July 9, 2019. Again, I'm ready for a war. "Was I wrong to stand up?" she asked in the article.

I wouldn't say anything has particularly surprised me about Serena as a player or a person, even though I didn't know her particularly well before we played and we have not spent loads of time together. The first came as a result of what Ramos deemed coaching from her box.

She also called it her "emergency exit".

The other, at the U.S. Open, was accompanied by a dramatic final set in which Williams was given three code violations.

Williams, the 11th seed, takes on the Czech world number 54 Barbora Strycova on Thursday in the semi-finals. After a sluggish start, in which she dropped a set to Czech teenager Kaja Juvan in the second round, she is now in menacing form.

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams is in the final four of Wimbledon and an ominous presence for the rest of the remaining challengers.

But the Wimbledon draw has opened up for Williams after emerging from the toughest quarter of the women's singles bracket, which also featured world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and defending champion Angelique Kerber, who defeated Williams in last year's final. Mixed doubles simple doesn't often see a pair of players capable of hitting the ball so hard and that alone makes the Scot and American an interesting proposition. I'm more confident. I love grass - it's first time that I have said that.

Riske converted all five of her break points while Serena succeeded with just six of her 16 opportunities. In 2016, she was fined $10,000 at the All England Club for smashing her racket on the court during a match against Christina McHale.

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