Australia Is Trying To 'Reclaim' British Wimbledon Star Johanna Konta

And tennis fans aren't happy

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Johanna Konta is the first British tennis player to feature in a Wimbledon women's semi-final since 1977. But just hours before Thursday's match, it appears the Aussies have attempted to ruin our moment of sporting glory.

While Konta was granted British citizenship in 2012 and is representing the UK at the tournament, she was actually born to Hungarian parents in Sydney before her family moved overseas when she was 14. So, when she won her quarter-final match against Romanian Simona Halep on Tuesday, the Australian High Commissioner to the UK made a brave decision to tweet: "Great to see an Aussie win" in response to her victory.

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As to expected, Alexander Downer's comment didn't go down well with Konta's British fan base. "Grow ur own...! She's one of us now," a defiant supporter wrote, while others queried why there was even a debate about her national identity in the first place.

"When people like #Konta are proud to represent GB & are positive role models, why continue to take issue with their nationality?" one Twitter user said.

It's not the first time the tennis star's nationality has been disputed, but Konta has made her views on the matter clear by saying she's proud to call the UK her home.

After reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2016, she told local reporters: "It's a compliment for you guys to be interested in my Australian roots. I'm very happy, very pleased to be representing Great Britain. That is my home. That is where my heart is. That's where my parents are. That's where I grew up essentially. So when people ask where I'm from, where is home - that's where it is."

Konta will face Venus Williams, one of the all-time greats and seven-time grand slam winner, on Centre Court on Thursday.