Johanna Konta on new coach Thomas Hogstedt: ‘Very much a work in progress’
Johanna Konta is excited to be working with her new coach Thomas Hogstedt as the pair take the first steps of their partnership.
Hogstedt, who has previously worked with Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka, was hired by the British number one following her split with Dimitri Zavialoff.
And he looks to be having an early impact as Konta breezed through to the quarter-finals of the Western & Southern Open in New York with a 6-4 6-2 ,win over Russian Vera Zvonareva.
Hogstedt has delivered plenty of grand slams to his previous players and Konta hopes to get the benefit of that experience.
“Obviously it’s still very early days,” she said. “I mean, this is the third week I have spent with him.
“So in terms of what he’s bringing to the table, I think it’s very much a work in progress. I think we are still trying to figure out on how we work together.
“I’m listening intently to him on kind of his view on things, on court for me and just in general. So I’m enjoying that progress of just getting to know each other for now.
“But I think right now when the name came up with Thomas being available, that was exciting for me, and so that’s why we are here where we are right now.
— wta (@WTA) August 25, 2020
“To be honest, I’m taking it kind of day by day, and I’m enjoying getting to know him now. I have a lot of respect for him. He’s had a lot of success with a lot of players.
“Obviously that’s going to be for a reason, but it doesn’t always guarantee that obviously certain people match up well. I think I’m giving it every opportunity for it to work out well, and I don’t see why it can’t.
“But then also I’m leaving space for both of us to be ourselves and to make sure it works for both of us.”
She was always in control against Zvonareva, serving with power and accuracy while also peppering a collection of forehand winners.
Konta has just dropped eight games in her two matches and with a number of the top seeds already out, she will be a title contender, eyeing up a fourth WTA tournament win.
Follow us on Twitter @T365Official.
Andy Murray preparing for a return to the ATP Tour in France
Murray has accepted a wildcard to play another tournament in France.
Remarkable statistics confirm Daniil Medvedev is the new king of hard courts
Daniil Medvedev can now be hailed as the new king of hard courts.
Exclusive – Myleene Klass believes Emma Raducanu can inspire a generation
Myleene Klass has revealed Emma Raducanu has inspired her daughters to reach for the stars after her stunning win at the US Open.
Dominic Thiem on Emma Raducanu’s US Open win: ‘It’s one of the greatest achievements in women’s sport’
“Perhaps it is the greatest breakthrough of all time,” says Dominic Thiem.
‘Unfair that Novak Djokovic is always the bad guy and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the good guys’
“I hope he is treated a little more fairly,” says Boris Becker.
Venus Williams explains backstory behind photo with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at Met Gala
Just Venus, Serena and Maria enjoying a laugh in the bathroom at the Met Gala.
‘I think it’s gradually sinking in a bit more,’ says Emma Raducanu after ‘whirlwind experience’
The teenager took part in a round of breakfast TV and radio interviews.
‘People are talking about tennis again,’ revels Boris Becker after ‘Dame Emma Raducanu’s’ heroics
Boris Becker waxes lyrical about Emma Raducanu.
Tennis to introduce ‘Stefanos Tsitsipas bathroom break rule’ following Greek’s lengthy loo visits?
Stricter rules on the cards following furore over Stefanos Tsitsipas’ loo breaks.
LTA chief insists Emma Raducanu will not lose focus after stunning rise to the top
Lloyd has called for the newly-crowned US Open champion to be given “breathing space”.