Ace Konta continues to upset odds at US Open

Jo Konta
Jo Konta

Eastbourne’s Jo Konta continues to defy the odds on one of the biggest stages in world tennis.

Konta, 24, became the first British qualifier to ever reach the fourth round of the US Open following a superb 7-6, 6-3 victory against 18th seed Andrea Petkovic.

This was her 16th consecutive win and came just two days after she beat Wimbledon finalist Garbiñe Muguruza in a gruelling three-setter at Flushing Meadows.

Her last defeat was to Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon – it’s the longest winning streak by a British woman this millennium.

Konta was due to face former Wimbledon champion and World No. 4 Petra Kvitova at the Arthur Ashes Stadium at midnight (UK time)on Monday. The Eastbourne based player arrived in New York ranked 97th in the world.

Her progress at Flushing Meadows will propel her into the 60s and she needs just another 17 ranking points to topple Heather Watson as the British No.1.

Her results at the US Open place her in good company. Only Andy Murray, Sue Barker, Greg Rusedski and Virginia Wade are the only British players to have won six matches in a row at the same major.

Fatigue though for Konta if not a factor, especially when she’s in the form of her life, “I’m just as tired as everyone out there. But I’m not really paying attention to that because who cares if you’re tired? You get to play at the US Open. I can deal with a bit of tiredness.”

Of the prospect of playing Kvitova, she added, “I’m really looking forward to the challenge. I have never played her.

“I have obviously seen her play, a two-time grand slam champion. I’m feeling pretty lucky that I get an opportunity to play against such a player.

“To be honest, I feel just as I did two weeks ago. I haven’t exactly grown wings or anything. I must say I’m happy with how I have been playing so far this week, but my feet are firmly on the ground. I haven’t cured cancer or anything.

“I’m just happy that I get to come back next week and compete again against an extremely good player.”