Johanna Konta up to World No.4

Wimbledon hero and British No.1 Johanna Konta has become the fourth British woman to break into the world’s top five players. The feat places Konta on a par with the likes of Virginia Wade, Sue Barker and Jo Durie – and will be a welcome boost as she prepares for another Grand Slam campaign in the US next month.

Konta’s heroics at Wimbledon, where she reached the semi-final, show that she has what it takes to pick up silverware at a major tournament. This was partly due to a much-improved forehand and strong serve, although there’s still work to be done with the second serve – which was completely dismantled by Venus Williams last week.

The new World No.4’s next tournament is the Rogers Cup (or Canadian Open) in Toronto, a hard court competition involving 70 of the 75 best players in the world. It’s sure to be a challenging week and the ideal warm-up for the US Open, which kicks off on 28 August.

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