Stat Attack – Johanna Konta

06/04/2020

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In 2019 Johanna Konta reached new heights in her career – a first semi-final at Roland Garros, quarter-final runs at both Wimbledon and the US Open and a superb Fed Cup performance as Great Britain reached the World Group II of the Fed Cup. However, her season was cut short with a knee injury that put her out of action from October onwards.

Fast forward to 2020 and Konta, whilst still battling with her knee, has made an impressive comeback to the tour so far. After some tough close matches at the start of the year, the world No. 14 returned to form at the WTA International event in Monterrey in March, where she went on a great run, reaching the semi-finals. Here she beat former grand slam champion and world No.1 Kim Clijsters on her return to the sport, as well as notching up a convincing win against Germany’s Tatjana Maria and a tight victory versus Russia’s Anastasia Potapova.

 

But how has the British No.1 been able to work her way back to form and where do the stats put her amongst the other top players on the WTA Tour? It’s time to take a deep dive into Konta’s 2020 performances.

Konta’s Ace!

With her aggressive playing style, Konta’s serve has always been a serious weapon in her game, particularly when it comes to bombing aces. In 2019, the Brit ranked 21st on the WTA Tour with 186 aces in 48 matches, despite missing the last quarter of the season, which was fantastic achievement. This year the story has been much the same. In her 7 matches, she has hit 25 aces, averaging 3.5 per match and an ace rate of 5.1%. Although this ranks her 41st on tour in total aces, her aces per match total ranks her above leaders such as Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, who currently sits 4th in the stats.

1st serve percentage has also continued to grow, having risen from 66.7% to 67.3%, which ranks 50th amongst the tour. Again, to put this in perspective, this is higher than world No.3 Karolina Pliskova and 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams.

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Second serve on point

Where Konta has been particularly strong this year is on her 2nd serve. So far in 2020, she is winning 53.5% of her 2nd serve points, up from 50.7% last season, which is the 10th highest percentage across the tour. In her match against Tatjana Maria in Monterrey, Konta won an impressive 76% of her 2nd serve points.

Konta leads a number of the world’s top players in service points won. Ranking 9th overall, with 62.8%, she has continued to show her dominance on serve this season, making it tough for her opponents to break her down. This is has risen 1% from 2019 and currently she is only losing on average 2.4 service games per match – 7th best amongst players in the top 50.

Johanna Konta US Open

Improving in the clutch

Having won 2 out of the 3 tie-breaks she’s faced so far this year, Konta’s strong resilience and fight has shone through once again, particularly in her deciding set in Anastasia Potapova, which finished 9-7 in the breaker.

However, one area she’ll be looking to improve when the season restarts will be on break points. In 7 matches, Konta’s break point conversion percentage sits at 24.5% and despite strong serving stats, she has only saved 45.2% of break points faced. Although these stats may be largely swayed by playing fewer matches than some of her competitors, it’s certainly an area where Konta will be looking to become more ruthless in her pursuit of winning more titles in 2020.

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