Charles Perrin assesses why Konta is a natural to the bud and she can go all of the way at SW19…
Johanna Konta survived what’s known as’Manic Monday’ to book her place from the Wimbledon quarter-finals, but she had been made to work hard for her success. The affable Brit has been growing in confidence over the last few months and she has been making all the correct moves.
With a lot of the best seeds falling by the wayside during the championship, the draw has opened up for its 28-year-old as she seeks to assert that a maiden Grand Slam title. Although obstacles loom, such as a last eight meeting with all potential banana skin Barbora Strycova today, she is able to end the country’s long wait for a female British girl to claim glory in the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Up for the struggle Thus far, Konta has shown true dedication and determination on her conduct to the last eight years. While she was rarely bothered in the first two rounds, the third and fourth rounds paid tribute to her fighting qualities. In coming from behind against Sloane Stephens and then Petra Kvitova – a two-time Wimbledon winner – Konta has the belief in her game which was missing in the previous 18 months. She earned back-to-back wins over Top 10 players at the process for the first time in her profession and her sport is well suited to grass.