By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon
- Johanna Konta is the No. 6 seed at this year’s Wimbledon
- She is bidding to advance beyond the second round for the first time, at SW19
LONDON, UK – Johanna Konta pitches up to Wimbledon with her highest Grand Slam seeding, and expectations are high, certainly for her to have her best run yet, but who stands in her way?
Johanna Konta Draw Predictions (on ranking/seeding)
It could be a challenging draw for Johanna Konta, but she continues to impress as she builds on a solid start to the year, after wining her biggest tournament to date in Miami.
Round 1: Defeated Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2 6-2
Somewhat unbelievably she drew Hsieh who beat her in Roland Garros, after a mid-match wobble allowed Hsieh to regain a foothold in the match. No such misfortune here as Konta managed to learn from some lessons of their last encounter.
“I think I played a little bit better. I think I made it maybe a little tougher for her to get into the match. However, again, it doesn’t take much for there to be a momentum swing or for her to gain some more footing on the court. I knew that in the match, that it was going to be tricky till the very end. She’s quite a tricky player to play. She doesn’t give you too much rhythm.
“I was really just trying to stay as focused on what I was trying to do out there, and not necessarily get caught up in her web.”
Round 2: Defeated Donna Vekic 7-6(4) 4-6 10-8
It was a rematch of the Nottingham final, where Konta lost out at the start of the grass court season, and this was easily one of the matches of the tournament.
“I think after such a battle, you kind of feel both your own and her emotions, because there wasn’t much separating us, for example, me being in her position and her being in mine.
“So because there was so little separation of going either way, I think you almost do end up feeling a little bit of both, or I do, anyway. I could easily put myself in her shoes and feel what she was feeling.
“It was more of a sense of kind of congratulating her and us for the battle that we presented on Centre Court, which was, I think, was a great atmosphere to be a part of. And then also just to understand also what she was feeling, because as players, we have all been in that position, as well.”
Round 3: Defeated Maria Sakkari 6-4 6-1
A first time meeting with a fearless swinger at the ball, it was a much surer win for Konta, as she hits the second week of Wimbledon for the first time in her career.
Round 4: Caroline Garcia – Tied at 2-2
You might think that Konta caught a break with Petra Kvitova’s early exit, but Garcia is no slouch on the green stuff. She won Mallorca last year and had a good run there again this year, but she also comes in with a run to the quarter-finals at her home slam, Roland Garros.
Quarter-final: Simona Halep – Halep leads 3-2
What a year it has been already where these two are concerned. First Halep lost her grip on the quarter-final in Miami, as Konta battled her way from a set down and Halep imploded. Then the measure of revenge in the eventful Fed Cup World Group II play off.
Halep maybe has a point to prove after failing to scoop the Roland Garros title, and at the moment she looks the in-form favourite going into the second week.
Semi-final: Elina Svitolina – Svitolina leads 2-0
Based purely on seeding, and the fact she has looked pretty good so far, albeit progressing under the radar with other dramas taking precedence, She may well face Svitolina for a spot in her first Grand Slam final. Svitolina impressed in Paris, but struggled in the early part of the grass court season to adjust, but in the first week in Wimbledon she has looked solid.
Final: Angelique Kerber – Kerber lead 2-1
Given that the last time the pair met, Konta crashed to the deck, recovered and won the last two points, we hope that if it comes to this, it is a lot less dramatic. Kerber was still finding her feet when they met in Eastbourne, but Kerber has a little of her fighting spirit back.
Wimbledon takes place between 3-16 July
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