Canada victory propels Konta into top 100 ahead of US Open

Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta

Eastbourne tennis player Johanna Konta continued her impressive form in Canada as she landed the $100,000 Odlum Brown VanOpen for the second time in her career.

Champion in 2013, big crowds turned out in Vancouver to witness Konta beat former world No.13 Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-4 to prolong her 10 match singles winning streak after also winning the $50,000 Granby the previous week.

It is the first time in her career she has won a tournament twice and the title has propelled her back into the top 100 in the world, ranking at No.96. The British No.2 also took home the doubles crown with Maria Sanchez after overcoming Raluca Olaru and Anna Tatishvili 7-(5), 6-4.

A delighted Konta said, “I am very happy with my performance this week and enjoyed the tennis I played. I love being here. This is one of the best tournaments out there and it is a pleasure to play here.”

It’s all very encouraging for the 24-year-old ahead of next week’s US Open at Flushing Meadows. Konta will enter the first round of qualifying where she has been drawn against Hungarian Reka-Luca Jani. Jani is ranked 211 in the world and previously reached the first round of the US Open in 2011.

Konta is seeded third for the qualifiers and she has previously advanced to the main draw in 2012 and also in 2014. In 2012 she qualified for the US Open, bridging a gap of almost 150 places in the rankings to upset then World No. 59 Tímea Babos in the first round, she saved 10 set points in the second set. In the second round, she let a 5–2 final set lead slip against Olga Govortsova and lost to the Belarusian.

This run propelled Konta into the world’s top 150 for the first time in her career.

Her current form is the best of her career, at her home town tournament the AEGON Internatuional at Devonshire Park in July she reached the quarter final before losing out to eventual winner Belinda Bencic. Konta’s run at the Aegon International was brought to an by talented Swiss teenager Bencic 2-6 6-0 6-3

Sydney-born Konta, who moved to Eastbourne when she was 12, had defeated top-20 players Garbine Muguruza and Ekaterina Makarova earlier in the competition.