Johanna Konta declares herself ready to win a Grand Slam after big bounce in 2019
Johanna Konta says she is ready to compete consistently for Grand Slam titles after declaring it a key objective of hers for 2020.
Konta had a tremendous bounce-back season, putting in strong performances in the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open after what was a wretched 2018.
The British number one successfully reinvented her game and displayed some serious court-smarts as she battle her way back up the rankings, and she insists she is not content to stop there.
“I’m definitely really pleased, especially in the last three Slams where I went really deep,” Konta told inews.
“That’s a massive goal of mine – to continue to do that and to go even further consistently.
“Overall I’m really pleased. I ended the season a little earlier than I wanted but I’m getting back to good health and I’m looking forward to getting started again.
“I’m enjoying the people I’m working with and I’m enjoying the tennis I’m playing.”
Konta’s one Grand Slam disappointment in 2019 came in Australia, the country of her birth, and she says she determined to put that right next month with a strong showing.
“It’s the start of the year so everyone is excited to be there and excited to get going,” she added.
“Australia forever will be a type of home for me – it’s where I was born, it’s where I lived the first 14 years of my life.
“My sister lives there, I have nephews there. I always look forward to seeing them and the Australian heat means they’re always great tournaments.
“The Australians love their sport too, so there are always good attendances. It’s a great place to be.”
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