BIRTHDAYS: Virginia Wade
, former tennis player, 74; Sunil Gavaskar, former cricketer, 70; Neil Tennant, singer (Pet Shop Boys), 65; Gina Bellman, actress, 53; John Simm, actor, 49; Jason Orange, former Take That singer, 49; Jessica Simpson, singer, 39.
This appeared a golden chance for Konta to become the first British woman to win a slam singles title since Virginia Wade
at Wimbledon in 1977, but she let winning positions in both sets slip away and went down 7-5 7-6 (2).
Konta became the first British woman to make the final of the tournament since Virginia Wade
In doing so she became the first British woman to make the final of the tournament since Virginia Wade
BIRTHDAYS: Gavin Strang, former MP, 75; Virginia Wade
, former tennis player, 73; Sunil Gavaskar, former cricketer, 69; Neil Tennant, singer (Pet Shop Boys), 64; Gina Bellman, actress, 52; John Simm, actor, 48; Jason Orange, former Take That singer, 48; Jessica Simpson, singer, 38.
The British No.1 became the first home player to reach the last four since Virginia Wade
1200: Sunglasses are invented in China 1916: First day of the Battle of the Somme sees the British Army suffer its worst day, losing 19,240 men 1921: The Communist Party of China is founded and Chen Duxiu elected its leader 1960: Fidel Castro nationalizes Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba 1967: The first British colour TV broadcast takes place, on BBC 2 1969: Prince Charles is formally invested as the Prince of Wales at Caernarvon Castle 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are admitted to hospital after a car crash 1972: The first Gay Pride march in England takes place 1977: Virginia Wade
(pictured) wins Wimbledon, beating Betty Stove 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 1979: Sony introduces the Walkman 1997: The UK returns Hong Kong and the New Territories to the People's Republic of China
, in 1977, remains the last Brit to be women's singles champion on home turf.
The 26-year-old is two victories away from becoming the first British woman to win Wimbledon since Virginia Wade
Konta, looking to be the first British woman to win the Wimbledon singles since Virginia Wade
in 1977, will next face Greece's Maria Sakkari in the third round.
BORN ARTHUR Ashe, US tennis champion, 1943 VIRGINIA Wade
, British tennis champion, 1945 JAKE LaMotta, US boxing champion, 1921, above DIED MEL Blanc, US cartoon voice, 1989 JOE Davis, UK snooker player, 1978, above HENRY II, King of France, 1559
1977: Virginia Wade
beat Betty Stove to win the women's singles title at Wimbledon.