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The Top 5 moments of Johanna Konta's career so far

17/07/2017

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Johanna Konta waving to fans at Wimbledon 2017

Johanna Konta won the hearts of the nation with her Wimbledon heroics and her sensational performance edged her into the top five for the very first time in her career.

Moving up three ranking spots, she now sits as the world No.4 and is the first British female to break into the top five since 1984. 

Two years ago, Konta was the world No.146 but her phenomenal form and determination has enabled her to grow from strength to strength. To celebrate her latest career-high, we’ve picked five of our most memorable moments of the British star…

1. Delving deep Down Under

Ranked at No.47 in the world, Konta caught the attention of many at the 2016 Australian Open by sailing through to the semi-finals.

Just a few months before, she had reached the fourth-round of the US Open but her performance in Melbourne meant a personal Grand Slam record and also made her the first British woman in 33 years to play in a Grand Slam semi-final.  

Her remarkable run was brought to end by eventual champion Angelique Kerber, but she definitely gave a tase of what was to come! 

2. Sweet success in Stanford

The British No.1 played her first WTA main draw match six years ago in Copenhagen, but it was the 2016 Bank of the West Classic where she claimed her first WTA title.  

Konta overcame seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 in the final to become just the second British woman to lift the trophy in Stanford after Sue Barker in 1977.

3. Olympic pride

In 2016, Konta received her calling for Team GB's tennis squad for the Rio Olympics and she wore the flag with enormous pride.  

Her fourth-round encounter with eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was an absolute epic, and after three hours and seven minutes, she struck gold on her fourth match point to seal a spot in the final eight.

4. Miami magic

In April 2017, Konta clinched the biggest title of her career after defeating Caroline Wozniacki in stunning straight-set fashion at the 2017 Miami Open.

It was a hat-trick of titles for the Brit following triumph at the 2016 Bank of the West Classic and the 2017 Sydney International, but it marked the maiden occasion she’d put her name to a WTA Premier Mandatory trophy.

The achievement also wrote her name into the history books by becoming the first ever British woman to lift the title.

5. Home turf highlights

Konta kickstarted the 2017 grass-court season at the Aegon Open Nottingham where not only did she clinch her 300th career win, she also made her first appearance in a grass-court final.

Despite falling in a tight three-setter to an inspired Donna Vekic, she only came back stronger two weeks later at the Aegon International Eastbourne, and defeated French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and world No.1 Kerber to set up a semi-final spot.

Despite withdrawing from the seaside tournament due to an injury, she carried her flawless form into SW19 and in a rematch of their Nottingham final, overcame Vekic in three-sets to reach the third-round of Wimbledon for the first time in her career.

Her quarter-final clash with world No.2 Simona Halep had the nation on the edge of their seats, but she battled back from a set down to capture a 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 victory. In doing so, she became the first British female in the Wimbledon semi-finals since 1978! 

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