Johanna Konta: top grass court moments

20/03/2019

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Johanna Konta in Nottingham

Johanna Konta has hit some of her top career milestones whilst playing on grass, delighting home crowds with her sensational shotmaking.

As she signs up to all three WTA tournaments in Britain this summer, we take a look back at some of her best grass court moments.

Two Nottingham finals 

The WTA International tournament in Nottingham – the Nature Valley Open – is the first WTA tournament of the British grass court swing.

In 2017, Konta kickstarted her famous run to the Wimbledon semi-finals by making her first appearance in a grass court final and clinched her 300th career win en route. Despite falling to an inspired Donna Vekic in a three-set thriller, she set herself up for the strongest grass court season of her career so far.

12 months later, she returned to Nottingham Tennis Centre and reached the final for a second consecutive year – this time defeating Vekic in a final-four clash. A powerful Ashleigh Barty awaited in the final and proved too strong, but Konta will be wanting to go one step further this June as she targets her maiden Nottingham crown.

Hometown hero of Eastbourne 

Hosted in Konta’s hometown of Eastbourne, the Nature Valley International is the second WTA Premier event of the British summer, following the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham. After reaching the semi-finals of the seaside tournament in 2016, the British star achieved the same feat a year on, but in extraordinary circumstances...

Due to a spell of topsy turvy British weather, the final-16 and quarter-final matches fell on the same day. Konta faced the then reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and dug deep to secure a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win and a quarter-final berth against the world No.1 at the time – Angelique Kerber. 

It took Konta four match points before she sealed the match – which came after a dramatic fall at the baseline during the final game. Following a 10-minute medical timeout, she picked herself back up and went on to win her second match of the day with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. 

A historic Wimbledon run

Following her fall, Konta decided to withdraw from her semi-final in Eastbourne so that she could ensure she was recovered fully for Wimbledon. She carried her flawless form with her and went on to rewrite the history books by becoming the first British female to reach the semi-finals since 1978.

First up, she sailed past Hsieh Su-wei to set up a re-match of the 2017 Nottingham final with Donna Vekic. This time, the tables turned and Konta showed her grit to triumph 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-8. She dominated Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-1 to reach the final 16 and survived her second three-set contest of the tournament by defeating Caroline Garcia.

Konta faced Simona Halep in the quarter-finals and had millions of fans on the edge of their seats as she heroically battled back from a set down to defeat the second seed 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 6-4. Not only did she make history by becoming the first British woman since Jo Durie to reach the semis, but also drew in a record peak audience of 7.4 million viewers – the most for a Wimbledon women’s match on the BBC ever before.

Her remarkable run came to an end as she fell to seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams, but her success at SW19 meant she went on to score a new career-high ranking of world No.4.

Cheer on Johanna courtside this summer

Konta will star at the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham (8-16 June), Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham (15-23 June) and Nature Valley International in Eastbourne (21-29 June). 

Catch Johanna in action and secure your seat for Nottingham, Birmingham or Eastbourne today. Seated tickets start from £21 per person.

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