Johanna Konta became the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon semifinals since 1978, beating Simona Halep in three sets Tuesday. But it was match point that created buzz among tennis commentators and fans.
While Konta celebrated the 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory, the match ended on an awkward note.
On match point a spectator screamed out, causing Halep to stop playing the ball and look up at the chair umpire. She hit the ball into the net.
Halep was asked after the match why she didn’t make a stronger challenge.
“I thought he’s going to repeat the point,” she said. “I think it’s normal to repeat the point when someone is screaming like that.”
Halep’s reaction on the point drew criticism from TV commentators.
“It’s a very sad way, bad way to finish a match like that,” said Patrick Mouratoglou, who is Serena Williams’ coach, on…