Australian Open: Historic day for British tennis as Andy Murray and Johanna Konta both move into semi-finals
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Murray, a four-time runner-up Down Under, beat Spain’s David Ferrer 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-3 to book his spot in the last four.
His victory came shortly after compatriot Konta had continued her remarkable run with a 6-4 6-1 win over China’s Zhang Shuai.
It is the first time since 1977 that Britain has boasted Grand Slam semi-finalists in both the men and women’s draw.
It will be Murray’s 18th appearance in the last four of a major tournament, but breaks new ground for Konta.
Konta had never even made the main draw in Melbourne before this year but, incredibly, she now stands just two wins away from the title after beating Zhang 6-4 6-1.
The British number one will next face world number six Angelique Kerber, who had earlier beat Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in straight sets.
Kerber will represent Konta’s toughest test so far but after beating seven top 20 opponents since last summer, including Venus Williams in round one, anything is possible.
She is the first British female in a Grand Slam semi-final since Jo Durie lost in the last four at the 1983 US Open and the first at the Australian Open since Sue Barker in 1977.
Murray, meanwhile, is gunning for his third Grand Slam title and will take on Canadian Milos Raonic or France’s Gael Monfils, who were playing later on Wednesday, for a place in the final.