With Victoria Azarenka withdrawing from Wimbledon Johanna Konta moves from being the 17th seed to being the 16th seed at this year’s championships which does mean she can’t face a fellow top 16 seeded player until the fourth round but the British number one has pulled one of the short straws as she will face unseeded but inform Monica Puig in round one.
The 22 year old from Puerto Rico has made the headlines on this grass court season. She made the semi-finals in Nottingham to begin the grass court season and then flew out surprisingly to Mallorca to play the new grass tournament there before flying back to Britain a few days later to Eastbourne where she qualified and made it all the way through to the semi-finals.
Konta and Puig have both had some good results on grass so far this year so it will be a shame one of them will go out in round one. They both have their feet on the ground and seem down to earth.
Puig’s game is probably at its most effective when she has time on the ball especially off that forehand whereas when the rallies pick up pace a little bit more and she has less time on that forehand it can be a less controlled shot and is something that Konta should look to go towards during extended rallies.
Konta’s game on the other hand has gone from level to level over the last 12 months the notable improvement is her forehand but her ability to stick in slow and fast rallies which I was very impressed with against Petra Kvitova who is one of the best at breaking down players but struggled to break down Konta who defended very well.
These two have met before over a year ago in Nottingham when Jo was ranked about 150 in the world but defeated Puig from a set down almost 12 months ago but a lot has changed for both players over the last year.