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Who is the British star?: Johanna Konta favourite to win Wimbledon


Source: SKY NEWS- Johanna Konta is today bidding to become Britain's first women's semi-finalist in almost 40 years. But who is this star of British women's tennis?

Konta, 26, found herself the bookies' pick for Wimbledon as the tournament entered its second week.

And it's looking good for her so far at SW19 - she sailed through to the quarter-finals on Monday, beating world number 22 Caroline Garcia.

:: Murray and Konta through to Wimbledon quarter-finals

If she beats world number two Simona Halep on Tuesday afternoon, she will be the first British woman to make it to the final four since Virginia Wade in 1978.

Wade was also the last British woman to lift the Wimbledon trophy in 1977.

But Konta's status as a Wimbledon favourite is a far cry from her first outing at the world-famous tournament five years ago.

Then ranked 212 in the world, she appeared on Court 17 as a wildcard and lost to American Christina McHale in the first round.

Now ranked number seven, Konta has become one the game's elite. Her best result so far is reaching the semis of the Australian Open last year.