She was spraying errors off her forehand - always the most likely wing to break down - but at least took the set to a tie-break.
Considering Konta is a three-time grand slam semi-finalist with a career-high ranking of four and was a clear favourite for Tuesday's match, it did not seem unreasonable for her to be asked whether she could have performed better. Strycova, 33, is in a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time after upsetting Johanna Konta in straight sets.
Beltrame says Konta was "not in a great place" when they started out. In the way you're asking your question, you're being quite disrespectful and you're patronizing me.
"But I guarantee that she is working to get better every day".
There remains the remote possibility of Williams claiming two titles at this tournament: She advanced later Tuesday to the final 16 in mixed doubles with dream-team partner Andy Murray.
But Konta, who reached the semifinals at the All England Club in 2017, insisted it wasn't the pressure that got to her when she was leading.
"One of the things that probably showed a bit in the first two matches is [on] break points, maybe [I] haven't played them as well as I would have liked so far", Murray said.
Clearly unhappy with the comment, Konta continued "I don't think you need to pick on me in a harsh way".
"I have energy, I feel fresh, I feel healthy, I feel confident when I step on the court". You guys want a timeframe. Just a lot of stuff I need to get done physically, get myself stronger. I believe in the way I competed.
In the other quarter final, Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, the eighth seed, takes on Czech Karolina Muchova.
Spider-Man: Far From Home takes $10m across first weekend box office
It has been a insane ride to fame for Tom Holland , who is winning hearts all around the world as the new Spider-Man. Holland was, uncharacteristically, quiet about the future, but did make it clear that the potential excites him.
Simona Halep reached the Wimbledon semifinals for the second time, beating Zhang Shuai 7-6 (4), 6-1.
Andy Murray's coach Jamie Delgado is "optimistic" about the Scot's hopes of returning to singles action, but says there is no set date.
Murray and Pierre-Hugues Herbert crashed out of the men's doubles in the second round, but the Briton could lift a second trophy since returning from surgery following his triumph alongside Feliciano Lopez at the Queen's Club Championships in June.
"There is no date on it, it is a very much, "see how we go", and there are certain physical targets he will have to get to before he can play singles and that is out of my hands, there are no dates on it".
"I think it's pretty unlikely I'll play", Murray said. "I have more matches this week than literally the past five months". How Reddit took Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian to multi-millionaire status a flawless match Who is Novak Djokovic's wife Jelena, and how many children do they have?
Despite losing her only previous match with Strycova it still seemed an inviting route to a semi-final date with Serena Williams but for the second grand slam in a row an unseeded Czech proved her undoing. She broke for a 5-3 lead after Riske double-faulted on the fourth break point of the game, and then served out the win with an ace.
England's last hope in the singles draw lost 7-6 (5) 6-1 on Centre Court to Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Wednesday morning (NZ time) and then accused the United Kingdom media of "picking on me".
"I enjoyed it, it was a very special moment for me".
"It's a great week to play Serena and it's a match that I really look forward to playing", said Strycova.