By Thomas Cauvain
Eastbourne-based tennis player Johanna Konta secured her first ITF victory of the year at the Wood Gundy Challenger tennis tournament last weekend in Winnipeg - the first professional event held in the Canadian city since 2000.
Konta, who is ranked 139th in women’s tennis, did not drop a set on her way to the title, as she overcame the 32-strong field.
The final pitched her against fellow Brit Samantha Murray, who she defeated 6-3, 6-1 in front of several hundred spectators.
It was the eighth singles career title for the Australian-born competitor, who has represented Great Britain since May 2012 after moving to the UK, aged 14, in 2005. She trains at the National Tennis Centre, but returns to the South Coast and her parents’ house whenever time permits.
The 22-year-old, who lost to world no.16 Jelena Jankovic in the first round of this year’s Wimbledon, pocketed just under $4,000 as a result of her exploits.
Konta heads to Vancouver this weekend for a $100,000 tournament, and has been drawn against number one seed Hsieh Su-wei, who knocked Konta out of the AEGON International at Devonshire Park in June.