12 months ago Johanna Konta ranked at 146 in the world made the quarter finals of Eastbourne. 12 months on the 25 is now the British number one in the quarter finals once again but this time ranked at 18 in the world in what has been a meteoric rise over the last 12 months.
Kvitova followed her good run at Eastbourne last year with a first round defeat to Sharapova at Wimbledon but didn’t let that bother her one bit as she went on excel in two ITF events before qualifying and getting to the fourth round of the US Open and wowed us again in Wuhan defeating Petkovic, Azarenka and Halep on way to the quarter finals before her narrow loss to Venus Williams over three sets.
The big question was could Konta continue her form this year? The Answer, of course she can! She started the season with two defeats but then went on to make the semi-finals of the Australian Open defeating Venus Williams in round one before losing to the eventual winner Angelique Kerber in the semi-final. Konta did ok at Indian Wells and Miami but failed to pick it up on the clay court but has got into a good start in her home town so far this week.
Konta started well and managed to get through some early pressure from the two time Wimbledon champion and found herself a double break up at 5-2 in the opening set but just couldn’t find a way to seal it with nerves settling in and the Czech number one fighting back to take the set 7-5.
Konta didn’t let the first set collapse bother her too much as re-group for set two which she won 6-4 and in the third and final set she was too strong for the two time Wimbledon champion as she took it 6-0!