Johanna Konta made a Wimbledon final. It's our own bloody fault she represented Britain.

Overnight, Britain’s own Johanna Konta fronted Wimbledon’s centre court with the hopes and pressure of an entire nation on her shoulders. History made to be broken, the final of the grand slam within reach.

Her opponent was the iconic and talented Venus Williams, seven-time grand slam champion and one of the legends of the game.

Konta had already pencilled her name in the history books, the first British woman to reach the semi-final on the grassy green of Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1978.

She walked away from centre court a loser on the scoreboard – going down in straight sets – but not so in the eyes of Great Britain, and another little country called Australia.

Yes, if you’ve heard Konta’s name thrown around in the wake of Wimbledon, and even more so uttered in conjunction with Australia, that would be because she was once Australian.

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Konta, who moved to Britain from Australia at the age of 14, once grew up in our land girt by sea.


Born to Hungarian parents in Sydney, she picked up a racket at just eight, showing promise from a young age, failing - at points - to stand out from the crowd. Because of this, when cuts were made to the Australian Sports Commission’s budget in 2004, Tennis Australia too were forced to make some cuts, of which Konta was one. Her funding was diminished in Sydney, her future in doubt.

Konta's Hungarian parents, Gábor and Gabriella looked towards the future, considered her sporting prowess and made a tough call, moving half way across the world to Britain in 2005. Closer to home, Konta's sister Eva is married to AFL star Shane Mumford, with the couple residing in Sydney.

In 2012, Konta, then aged 21, became a UK citizen, switching her playing allegiance from Australia to Britain.

And it was that point, it would seem, we lost a champion.

That is, of course, unless your Australian High Commissioner to the UK Alexander Downer, who refuses to acknowledge that Konta just isn't... Australian.

Following Konta's victory over Simona Halep in the quarter-finals, Downer decided to write on Twitter: "Great to see an Aussie win," to which British media weren't so partial too, and the headlines were a-plenty.

Outrage as Aussies try to steal Johanna Konta for themselves

Konta's one of ours, says Australian envoy

Hands off Konta! Aussies attempt to steal our glory

Australian High Commissioner claims Jo Konta for his country even though they dumped her 13 years ago

So, Australia, meet Johanna Konta: the Sydney-born tennis superstar who we aren't allowed to claim in the slightest, but probably will anyway.


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