British number ones Andy Murray and Johanna Konta have made tennis history today by being the first pair of British players to be Grand Slam singles semi-finalists since 1977. Both players are through to the final four in their respective singles competitions after winning their quarter finals matches at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Forty-seventh seed Konta continued her fantastic run of form beating Zhang Shuai from China in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 and will now face seventh seed Angelique Kerber tomorrow in their semi-final encounter. Two time Grand Slam winner Murray defeated eighth seed David Ferrer from Spain in a long four-set match 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3 to reach his sixth Melbourne semi-final. Second seed Murray will play on Friday against either Gael Monfils or Milos Raonic.
Konta and Murray have now matched the achievement of semi-finalist and now tennis commentator Sue Barker and runner-up John Lloyd, who both reached the last four at the Australian Open thirty-nine years ago. Konta is the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since 1983 when Jo Durie made the last four at the US Open.
Also through to the last four in the men’s event are world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer who will face each other on Friday. In the women’s event defending champion Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova to book her semi-final place and will play against Agnieszka Radwanska.
In other British tennis news Jamie Murray and his Brazilian partner Bruno Soares are through to the Men’s Doubles semi-finals. It’s a great day to be a British Tennis fan!