By Ros Satar
- Head to Head: Johanna Konta 0-0 Andrea Petkovic
- Konta’s best performance in a Slam and looks to propel her back up the rankings
- Petkovic’s best in New York was the quarter-final in 2011 (lost to Caroline Wozniacki)
New York, USA – Johanna Konta bids to make it 16 singles wins in a row since Wimbledon when she takes on the 18th seed Andrea Petkovic in the third round of the US Open.
On a day when the Brits are bookended in the schedule, Konta once more will play in the the opening match of the day, but this time earns a spot on Louis Armstrong. What has impressed thus far with Konta is her self-belief and quiet determination. It was the same when she made her great un at her home tournament in Eastbourne, and also the sense of detachment that there was still a job to be done.
Only once did we see that crack and for her to be swept up with the emotion of it all, but from what we’re seeing, all the hard work, time spent working on far more positivity with a sports psychologist, and training out in Spain is beginning to pay off.
However, Saturday’s battle is a new kettle of fish entirely. Petkovic has been at the top – a former Top 10 player before excruciating injuries set her back a good few years, and it seems like she is constantly fighting off niggles.
Where we caught a glimpse of the fire that Konta has with an energetic but ultimately losing battle with the umpire over a line call at a crucial point in the second set. Petkovic can let her frustrations erupt to the point of self-destruct in a match.
Konta is an all-court player with a decent serve, and is gradually putting together the kind of consistency we need to see with Heather Watson, to compete amongst the world’s best. She will be up against the forceful but also thoughtful play of Petkovic, and would do well to try and punish the German’s less good defensive play to build up her points.
Stranger things have happened in a Slam and Konta’s confidence is undeniably high, and if she maintains her self-belief that she has a right to be there, rather than being shocked that the bubble hasn’t burst yet, she could well slay another seed.
Konta and Petkovic are scheduled on Louis Armstrong Stadium at 11am (4pm BST).