The Wimbledon champion was Johanna Konta, a British left-hander, and she was more than a little surprised when she heard the result over on TV.
“I heard that I was in the semifinals, so I guess I’m the new ‘People’s Champion,’” Konta said. “I definitely didn’t expect that, especially being an underdog.”
Well, come on, why would you? Konta had deserved her defeat, and quite easily as the world’s third-best player. On Monday, in her semifinal victory over Serena Williams, the former world No. 1, Konta defeated the most powerful and long-running tennis player in history in one of the most exhilarating, emotional matches in recent memory. “Maybe it took me years, but finally I just overachieved,” Williams, 35, a two-time Wimbledon champion, conceded afterwards.
Thanks to this stellar moment, Konta’s life has changed. She is now ranked 20th in the world, so she is guaranteed to have many more opportunities to compete for major titles. Despite the seemingly long odds in her favor, she has still managed to maintain a good sense of humour.