Charles Perrin assesses why Konta is a natural on the grass and she could go all the way at SW19…
Johanna Konta survived what is called’Manic Monday’ to book her place from the Wimbledon quarter-finals, but she was forced to work hard for her success. The affable Brit has been growing in confidence over the last couple of months and she has been making all the right moves.
With a lot of the top seeds falling by the wayside during the tournament, the draw has opened up for the 28-year-old as she attempts to assert a maiden Grand Slam title. Although obstacles loom, such as a last eight meeting with potential banana skin Barbora Strycova now, she is able to end the nation’s long wait for a female British woman to claim glory at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Up for the struggle So far, Konta has shown true grit and determination to her run to the last eight. While she was rarely troubled 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 gets the belief in her game which was missing in the past 18 months. She earned back-to-back wins over Top 10 players in the procedure for the first time in her profession and her game is ideal for grass.