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Konta ends Britain's 39-year wait for women's Wimbledon semi-finalist

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Johanna Konta became the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for 39 years as the world number seven fought back to beat Simona Halep 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 on Tuesday.

Konta thrilled the patriotic Centre Court crowd in a quarter-final classic that ended second seed Halep's bid to become the new world number one.

The 26-year-old, who has never reached a Grand Slam final, faces five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Halep's defeat means Czech Karolina Pliskova, who lost in the Wimbledon second round, will replace Angelique Kerber on top of the WTA rankings.

Romania's Simona Halep fought hard with a semi-final berth on the line. © GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images Romania's Simona Halep fought hard with a semi-final berth on the line. Game, set, scream -- Halep stunned by Konta fan

Johanna Konta's thrilling victory over ended in controversy when a fan screamed out on match point, causing the Romanian to check her stride and shot.

Just as Halep went into her wind-up on a forehand to stay in the tie, a woman's loud, piercing scream echoed around Centre Court, the sound amplified to dramatic effect by the closed roof.

Halep was obviously distracted by the call and looked to umpire Kader Nouni to rule the point to be replayed.

But no call was forthcoming and Konta too looked bemused as she walked to the net after her 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 win, which made her the first British woman to reach the semi-finals in 39 years.

Johanna Konta in action against Simona Halep. © Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images Johanna Konta in action against Simona Halep. "It was a woman on my end who screamed. I think she got over-excited about the deep ball that Simona hit. It was actually as I was hitting my ball, so I think it more affected me than my opponent," insisted Konta.

"I think the fans were a little over-enthusiastic in parts. But I definitely cannot complain with the amount of support and general good feelings that they were wishing my way."

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

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