Johanna Konta

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Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta, Cagnes 2015.JPG
Full name Johanna Konta
Country (sports)  United Kingdom (2012–present)
 Australia (2008–12)
Born (1991-05-17) 17 May 1991 (age 24)
Sydney, Australia
Height 1.80 m
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $557,715
Singles
Career record 213–145
Career titles 10 ITF
Highest ranking 89 (14 July 2014)
Current ranking 113 (27 July 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Q2 (2013, 2014)
French Open 1R (2015)
Wimbledon 1R (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
US Open 2R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 51–50
Career titles 3 ITF
Highest ranking 138 (27 July 2015)
Current ranking 138 (27 July 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 2R (2015)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 2R (2013, 2014, 2015)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 4–7
Last updated on: 27 July 2015.

Johanna Konta (born 17 May 1991) is an Australian-born British tennis player.

Konta has won ten singles and three doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 14 July 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 89. On 27 July 2015, she peaked at world number 138 in the doubles rankings.

Born in Sydney to Hungarian parents, Konta formerly competed as an Australian but became a British citizen in May 2012 and has subsequently represented Great Britain.[1]

Career[edit]

2008/2009[edit]

After winning her first ITF singles title in 2008, Konta won her second title at the W.O.W. Challenger in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada over Heidi El Tabakh.[2]

2010[edit]

A big win for Konta was the title on the green clay courts of the 2010 RBC Bank Women's Challenger in Raleigh, North Carolina. In a close encounter, Konta defeated Lindsay Lee-Waters to take the title. Konta won her second ITF singles title of the year in Westende, Belgium. In the final, she defeated Nicky Van Dyck with the loss of just one game.[3]

2011[edit]

In June 2011, Konta qualified for her first WTA tour event at the e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open in Copenhagen. In the first round, she fell to fourth seed Lucie Šafářová in a match that lasted over two and half hours.[4] Konta won her fifth ITF singles title at the Aegon GB Pro-Series event in Woking in July. In the final against Laura Robson, Konta was 6–4, 1–1 up when her opponent retired.[5] After a patchy few months interrupted by injury, Konta got back to winning ways at the $10,000 event in Madrid, beating Lucy Brown in the final.[6]

Konta lost in the qualifying draw of the 2011 Family Circle Cup to Sania Mirza.

2012[edit]

Konta during her first round match at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships

Konta received a main draw wildcard to Wimbledon 2012, where she was beaten 10–8 in the third set by Christina McHale. However, she qualified for the US Open, bridging a gap of almost 150 places in the rankings to upset world number 59 Tímea Babos in the first round,[7] saving ten set points in the second set. In the second round, she let a 5–2 final set lead slip against Olga Govortsova and lost to the Belarusian.[8] This run propelled Konta into the world's top 150 for the first time in her career.

2013[edit]

At the 2013 Australian Open, Konta failed to build on her good form from the US Open, losing in the second qualifying round to Zhou Yimiao in three sets.

In April 2013, Konta played in Great Britain's Fed Cup World Group II play-off against Argentina. Konta was chosen to represent Britain in two of the singles rubbers. After losing her first rubber against Paula Ormaechea, Great Britain decided that Elena Baltacha would replace Konta in the Sunday singles rubber.

Konta's next tournament was the WTA Portugal Open in Oeiras, where she was forced to retire in the second qualifying round against Stéphanie Foretz Gacon, despite beating top-100 player Yulia Putintseva in the first qualifying round.

Konta also reached the second qualifying round at the 2013 French Open, losing to Galina Voskoboeva in three sets.

In June, Konta entered the $75,000 2013 Aegon Trophy on the ITF tour, reaching the semifinals after victories over An-Sophie Mestach, fifth seed Misaki Doi and Alison Riske. In the semifinals, Konta lost a tough battle against third seed Karolína Plíšková, going down in three sets. Following the event, Konta was handed a wildcard for the Aegon Classic in Birmingham. In the first round she defeated qualifier Kurumi Nara to set up a meeting with French player, and 12th seed at the tournament, Kristina Mladenovic, where she was defeated in straight sets despite holding an early break in the first set.

Konta also received a wildcard for the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, where she was drawn against 16th seed Jelena Janković in the first round. She lost in straight sets against the former world number 1 from Serbia.[9]

Following Wimbledon, Konta started her build-up to the US Open by winning an ITF $25,000 event in Winnipeg, Canada, where she defeated fellow British player Samantha Murray in the final. She then kept up this form by winning the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, a $100,000 ITF event, where she defeated Sharon Fichman in the final after eliminating top seed (and world number 41) Su-Wei Hsieh along the way. This propelled Konta to a career high ranking of 115.

At the Guangzhou International Open, Konta won through two rounds of qualifying to reach the main draw. In the first round, she beat fellow qualifier Richèl Hogenkamp in straight sets,[10] before upsetting fourth seed and world number 38 Peng Shuai for her best career win in terms of ranking. However, her run was stopped in the quarterfinals, losing to wildcard Zhang Shuai in straight sets.[11] A week later, at the Ningbo International Open, Konta made the quarterfinals again, but was forced to retire in her match against Johanna Larsson, suffering from an abdominal strain.[12]

She officially became the British number 2 behind Laura Robson after Heather Watson failed to defend her title in Osaka.

2014[edit]

Konta began 2014 at the Shenzhen Open, losing to 15-year-old wildcard Xu Shilin in the first qualifying round.[13] Together with her Austrian partner Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, she reached the semifinals in doubles, losing to the Ukrainian sisters Lyudmyla and Nadiia Kichenok in straight sets.[14] The following week, seeded third in Australian Open qualifying, Konta won her first match against Grace Min,[15] but lost for the second year in succession in the second qualifying round, in straight sets to Ukrainian Olga Savchuk.[16] After retiring in her first-round match at a $25,000 ITF event in Sunderland and losing in qualifying for the 2014 Open GDF Suez in Paris, Konta helped Great Britain to a 2–1 win over Latvia in their first round-robin match at the Fed Cup.[17] However, she later lost singles rubbers to Romania's Simona Halep[18] and Hungary's Tímea Babos.[19]

In May, Konta reached the final qualifying round of Roland Garros for the first time, defeating Sachia Vickery,[20] and Paula Kania,[21] but losing to Yuliya Beygelzimer in the final round.[22]

Konta then moved into the grass-court season by playing at the 2014 Aegon Classic as a wild card. She beat 14th seed Kurumi Nara in straight sets,[23] before losing to Aleksandra Wozniak in the second round.[24]

Konta was awarded another wild card to compete at the 2014 Aegon International in Eastbourne, where she defeated 2013 Wimbledon junior champion and qualifier Belinda Bencic in straight sets.[25] This set up a meeting with world number 42 Camila Giorgi, who had stunned fourth seed Victoria Azarenka in the first round.[25] Despite holding a match point at 5–4 up in the final set, she lost to the Italian.[26]

Konta gained direct entry into the Wimbledon main draw, losing a tight three-set match to Peng Shuai in round one.[27]

Konta's next tournament was the Istanbul Cup, where she qualified as the top seed. She was again drawn Kurumi Nara in the first round, losing to the sixth-seeded Japanese in straight sets.[28]

Coaching[edit]

Konta formerly trained at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona[29] and the Roddick Lavalle Academy in Texas.[30] In January 2011, she started training at the Weybridge Tennis Academy in England under the guidance of coach Justin Sherring.[31] She is currently training at the National Tennis Academy in Roehampton, being coached by Louis Cayer.

ITF finals (13–6)[edit]

Singles (10–3)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (7–2)
Clay (3–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 5 May 2008 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Clay Austria Janina Toljan 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 2 February 2009 Sutton, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Katie O'Brien 6–3, 2–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 22 June 2009 Waterloo, Canada Clay Canada Heidi El Tabakh 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 3. 10 May 2010 Raleigh, United States Clay United States Lindsay Lee-Waters 6–2, 5–7, 6–4
Winner 4. 16 August 2010 Westende, Belgium Hard Belgium Nicky Van Dyck 6–1, 6–0
Winner 5. 11 July 2011 Woking, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Laura Robson 6–4, 1–1, ret.
Winner 6. 5 September 2011 Madrid, Spain Hard United Kingdom Lucy Brown 6–2, 6–1
Winner 7. 6 February 2012 Rancho Mirage, United States Hard Slovakia Lenka Wienerová 6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 29 July 2012 Lexington, United States Hard Israel Julia Glushko 3–6, 0–6
Winner 8. 22 July 2013 Winnipeg, Canada Hard United Kingdom Samantha Murray 6–3, 6–1
Winner 9. 29 July 2013 Vancouver, Canada Hard Canada Sharon Fichman 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 6 April 2015 Jackson, United States Clay Ukraine Anhelina Kalinina 3–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 20 July 2015 Granby, Canada Hard France Stéphanie Foretz 6–2, 6–4

Doubles (3–3)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 7 March 2011 Irapuato, Mexico Hard Hungary Tímea Babos United States Macall Harkins
Austria Nicole Rottmann
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 19 September 2011 Shrewsbury, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Amanda Elliott Portugal Maria João Koehler
Hungary Katalin Marosi
6–7(3–7), 1–6
Runner-up 2. 12 May 2014 Saint-Gaudens, France Clay Canada Sharon Fichman Paraguay Verónica Cepede Royg
Argentina María Irigoyen
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 16 February 2015 Surprise, United States Hard United States Maria Sanchez United States Jacqueline Cako
United States Kaitlyn Christian
4–6, 7–5, [7–10]
Winner 2. 20 April 2015 Dothan, United States Clay United States Maria Sanchez Brazil Paula Cristina Gonçalves
Czech Republic Petra Krejsová
6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. 4 May 2015 Cagnes-sur-Mer, France Clay France Laura Thorpe United Kingdom Jocelyn Rae
United Kingdom Anna Smith
1–6, 6–4, [10–5]

Fed Cup participation[edit]

Singles[edit]

Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Opponent W/L Score
2013 Fed Cup
World Group II Play-offs
WG2 P/O 20 April 2013 Buenos Aires, Argentina Argentina Argentina Clay Argentina Paula Ormaechea L 3–6, 2–6
2014 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
R/R 5 February 2014 Budapest, Hungary Latvia Latvia Hard (i) Latvia Diāna Marcinkēviča W 6–3, 4–6, 7–5
7 February 2014 Romania Romania Romania Simona Halep L 1–6, 4–6
8 February 2014 Hungary Hungary Hungary Tímea Babos L 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 4–6
2015 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
R/R 4 February 2015 Budapest, Hungary Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Hard (i) Liechtenstein Kathinka von Deichmann W 6–0, 6–0
5 February 2015 Turkey Turkey Turkey İpek Soylu L 3–6, 6–7(6–8)
6 February 2015 Ukraine Ukraine Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko W 6–3, 6–2
P/O 7 February 2015 Belarus Belarus Belarus Olga Govortsova L 0–6, 1–6

Doubles[edit]

Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Partner Opponents W/L Score
2013 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
R/R 7 February 2013 Eilat, Israel Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Hard United Kingdom Laura Robson Bosnia and Herzegovina Jasmina Kajtazovič
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jelena Simić
W 6–0, 6–0
9 February 2013 Hungary Hungary United Kingdom Laura Robson Hungary Réka-Luca Jani
Hungary Katalin Marosi
L 4–6, 6–2, 2–6
2014 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
R/R 8 February 2014 Budapest, Hungary Hungary Hungary Hard (i) United Kingdom Tara Moore Hungary Tímea Babos
Hungary Réka-Luca Jani
L 7–5, 5–7, 3–6

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