On Monday, Johanna Konta and Simona Halep begin to warm up for Wimbledon quarter-final with war of words. In April, British No.1 Konta and Romanian world number two Halep were involved in an intense Fed Cup contest between their countries and the bad blood was still visible as the tennis superstars discussed their Wimbledon clash.
Konta was all in tears by what she felt were threats and intimidation from the Romanian fans in Constanta during her match against Sorana Cirstea.
Romania coach Ilie Nastase was sent from the court for speaking our abusive language to Konta and his British counterpart Anne Keothavong and called them “bitches”. He was banned from the stadium lashing out at a British journalist with foul language.
Both Halep and Cirstea did not agree Konta’s version of events and questioned that. World number 2 beat the British number one on the next day as Romania went on to win the tie.
After the loss, Konta claimed she couldn’t get over the crowd abuse and was intimidated. On Tuesday, ahead of Wimbledon meeting, Halep was adamant the fans had done nothing wrong. “In my opinion, the public was very fair. Was nothing to do. Some other stuff happened there,” Halep said.
“I didn’t talk much about that subject with her. Just after the match in that day, I said, Sorry if she felt bad. She knows how she felt there. You pretty know what happened (with Nastase). I don’t want to comment about that. It’s past. It’s very far.”
Konta insisted she would do her best to forget about the Fed Cup incident when she enters the court. “I’m playing against another tennis player. I’m not playing against a crowd. I’m not playing against a past experience,” she said. “I’m looking forward to playing against Simona Halep, the top tennis player, who is playing well right now.It’s a great opportunity for me to play again against one of the best in the world, and to really enjoy being in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.” she concluded.