JO KONTA lost her cool in a spectacular press conference meltdown at Wimbledon.
The British No1, 28, was repeatedly riled by reporters as she faced the media after crashing out.
Despite taking an early break against Barbora Strycova, she capitulated in the second set to lose 7-6 6-1 to the unseeded Czech who is on the verge of retiring.
And after being questioned that she should look at herself in the mirror for the failure, especially 'bottling' at key moments, Konta's response was brash.
She said: "Is that in your professional tennis opinion?"
Konta then added: "I don't think you need to pick me in a harsh way. I think I'm very open with you guys.
"I say how I feel out there. If you don't want to accept that you don't agree with it, that's fine.
"I still believe in the tennis that I play. I still believe in the way I competed. I don't have much to say to your question.
"I went out there, I did my best. My best today just wasn't good enough."
Please don't patronize me. No, no, you are. You are asking your question, you're quite disrespectful and you're patronizing me. I'm a professional competitor who did her best today, and that's all there is to that.
But when the journalist fired another question here way, Konta imploded.
She fumed: "Please don't patronize me. No, you are. You're asking your question, you're quite disrespectful and you're patronizing me.
"I'm a professional competitor who did her best today, and that's all there is to that."
The No19 seed was also asked about the moment she shouted 'oh f *** ing hell' early in the second set.
But again, she was in no mood to talk about the incident.
She said: "I mean, I don't remember. Yeah, I mean, she's a frustrating player to play.
"I definitely found myself in a few frustrating positions out there. Apologies if I swore."
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Konta defeated top-ten players Sloane Stephens and then Petra Kvitova – both from a set down – in the previous two rounds at Wimbledon before succumbing to the veteran Strycova.
But Konta was desperate to defend herself and insisted she was simply outplayed, just in the French Open semi-final against Marketa Vondrousova.
The Brit said: "The players have lost their lives.
"I guess what happened is that I have an opponent on the other side of the court who has everything to say in how the match goes, as well.
"I think she was playing very well. I think I couldn't find the level that I needed to make it difficult and challenging for the child of player she is. She is very difficult player to play on this surface, and in general She's a very good player.
"It just unfortunate I couldn't find the level needed to come through.
"I went out there, I did my best. My best today just wasn't good enough.
Jo Konta's frosty press conference
Q. Looking at numbers, 33 unforced errors, then you had a smash at the net which you hit straight to here, then towards the end of the third set you had a double-fault, then missed a drive volley. Do you not have to look at yourself a little bit about how you cope with these big points? It's all very well saying it's a lot to do with your opponent, but there are key points when you might have done better.
JOHANNA KONTA: Is that in your professional tennis opinion?
Q. No, that's just a watching spectator with everyone else on Center Court willing you on. And the numbers are IBM's.
JOHANNA KONTA: Okay. I don't think you need to pick on me in a way. I mean, I think I'm very open with you guys. I say how I feel out there. If you don't want to accept that you don't agree with it, that's fine.
I still believe in the tennis that I play. I still believe in the way I competed. Yeah, I don't have much to say to your question.
Q. I'm just asking you as somebody who presumably wants to go from here, get a Grand Slam one day. Is it not something –
JOHANNA KONTA: Please don't patronize me.
Q. I'm not patronizing you.
JOHANNA KONTA: No, no, you are. You are asking your question, you are quite disrespectful and you're patronizing me. I'm a professional competitor who did her best today, and that's all there is to that.
THE MODERATOR: Let's move on to the next question.
"But every decision that I made, every thought process, every opportunity that I gave myself, everything, I have no regrets in doing. I did the best that I could.
"I've played a great tournament. Obviously I would have liked to have played three more matches, won three more matches.
"But I really feel that even including today, I can take a lot away from these ten days. The players that I've played and beat, also lost to today, I think overall there is a lot I can be proud of and take from it. "