Johanna Konta is a British tennis player and has won a remarkable three singles titles on the WTA tour, as well as 11 singles and four doubles titles on the ITF circuit in her career. Konta reached her best singles ranking of World number six on 8 May 2017. She is the British number one, and her world ranking is number 7. Her doubles ranking peaked at No. 88 in August 2016.
Konta achieved a steep rise in her ranking from the spring of 2015 to late 2016, climbing from 150 to inside the World’s top ten, thereby becoming the first Briton to be ranked amongst the WTA‘s top ten since Jo Durie over 30 years previously. This period included her best Grand Slam result to date, as she reached the semifinal of the 2016 Australian Open, a quarterfinal appearance at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and her maiden WTA title in Stanford.
Born to Hungarian parents in Sydney, Australia, Konta moved to the UK when she was 14. She switched her sporting allegiance from Australia to Great Britain after she became a British citizen in May 2012.
Konta has an emphasis on offensive baseline play, but is equipped with an all-court game. Her serve is her biggest weapon, and is one of the best in the game. According to WTA match stats in 2016, she was fourth in ace counts, won 62% of her service points, 74.8% of service games and won most of the second serve points at 52.7%.
Her forehand is hit with a semi-western grip and is hit with lots of power and topspin, while her backhand is very flat and aggressive. Both her forehand and backhand penetrate the court deeply. While her volleys are solid, they are probably the weakest part of her game. She is very adept at defending, and is very athletic and runs round the court well. Her movement and footwork are very good as well. Grass is her favourite surface and the majority of her success has come on grass courts.
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