Johanna Konta keen to keep momentum going in Birmingham ahead of Wimbledon test

Johanna Konta says she is hopeful she can continue her fine season as she readies herself for a homecoming to grass-court tennis.

Konta had a hugely disappointing 2018, but has bounced back this year and recently got all the way to the French Open semi-finals.

She will now head to Birmingham and then Wimbledon in good spirits, and she’s hopeful she can make an impression in front of her home crowds.

“I’ve been playing at a good level consistently for a period of time,” she said.

“It was a nice situation to have to play quite a lot of matches back to back.

“You can only take good things from match fitness and confidence in decision making and in knowing you can come through different situations.

Johanna Konta

“I feel pretty similar going into this grass-court season except maybe that I just haven’t spent as much time on the surface, but that’s a very good problem to have.

Konta hasn’t an especially impressive record in Birmingham having never actually made it past the second round.

“There’s no reason why this year I can’t do better,” Konta added.

“It might not happen but I’ll be working towards hopefully making it happen.

“Last year I lost to Petra (Kvitova), the year before Coco (Vandeweghe), so I’ve played some very capable players, especially on this surface.

“I wouldn’t say it’s anything specifically to do with Birmingham or the tournament. It’s always a lot to do with the opponents that you play.”

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