Showing posts with label Johanna Konta. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Johanna Konta. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Johanna Konta appoints Maria Sharapova's former coach Michael Joyce

Johanna Konta appoints Maria Sharapova's former coach Michael Joyce

Johanna Konta has confirmed a big-name signing as her new coach, as befits a player ranked just inside the world’s top 10.

Michael Joyce was a moderate player on the men’s tour, reaching a high point of No 64, but he made his name by coaching Maria Sharapova for nearly seven years at the high point of her career.

During that successful period, which extended from 2004 to early 2011, Sharapova won both her hard-court grand slam titles – in New York and Melbourne – while also climbing to No 1 in the world.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Johanna Konta splits with coach Wim Fissette and will not play again in 2017

Johanna Konta splits with coach Wim Fissette and will not play again in 2017

Few could have imagined, when Johanna Konta walked out for the Wimbledon semi-final on July 13, that she would end the season by splitting with her coach. Yet that was the latest development on Wednesday in what has been the ultimate Jekyll-and-Hyde season.

At that high point of the English midsummer, Konta stood just four sets away from a major title. Even when she succumbed to a command performance from Venus Williams – the eventual runner-up – she still climbed to No. 4 in the world. Since then, though, she has barely collected another rankings point.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Konta withdraws from Moscow, handing Garcia WTA Finals berth

Konta withdraws from Moscow, handing Garcia WTA Finals berth

Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the Kremlin Cup next week, meaning Caroline Garcia has secured the eighth and last berth in the WTA Finals.

Konta still isn't ready to play after a left foot injury forced her out of the Hong Kong Open this month.

Konta was ranked a career-high fourth in July after reaching the Wimbledon semifinals but the British player has lost her first match at her last five tournaments, sending her slipping to 10th.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Konta upset by Krunic, first U.S. Open shock

Konta upset by Krunic, first U.S. Open shock

Aleksandra Krunic produced the first shock of the U.S. Open as she rallied past British seventh seed Johanna Konta 4-6 6-3 6-4 on Monday to advance to the second round of the season's final grand slam.

After first-round losses in her last two visits to Flushing Meadows, Krunic looked poised for yet another early exit after Konta, one of eight women here with a chance to leave New York with the world number one ranking, claimed a tight first set.

But the 78th-ranked Serb, who beat Petra Kvitova en route to reaching the last 16 in 2014, dug in to level the match.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Johanna Konta beats Kiki Bertens to reach third round in Cincinnati

Johanna Konta beats Kiki Bertens to reach third round in Cincinnati

Johanna Konta is through to the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati after seeing off Kiki Bertens on Tuesday night.

The seventh seed advanced in straight sets, 6-3 6-3, and looked in impressive form with both her forehand and backhand as she forced 10 break points, converting four of them.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Video: Johanna Konta 2017 Rogers Cup Pre-Tournament Interview

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Video: Johanna Konta 2017 Rogers Cup Pre-Tournament Interview

Video: Johanna Konta Visits Toronto’s CN Tower

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Video: Johanna Konta Visits Toronto’s CN Tower

Friday, July 14, 2017

Video: Williams v Konta highlights - Wimbledon 2017 semi-final

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Video: Venus Williams v Johanna Konta highlights - Wimbledon 2017 semi-final

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Video: Johanna Konta Wimbledon 2017 semi-final press conference

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Video: Johanna Konta Wimbledon 2017 semi-final press conference

Venus Williams advances to Wimbledon final after beating Konta

Venus Williams advances to Wimbledon final after beating Konta

Venus Williams defeated Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 to reach the final at Wimbledon.

Venus, who won Wimbledon 5 times, will play against Garbiñe Muguruza for the title.

Williams was too strong for her opponent from the baseline and was able to produce booming serves whenever the Briton threatened.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Video: Kontinen/Watson progress to Wimbledon 2017 quarter-finals after tense match point

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Video: Kontinen/Watson progress to Wimbledon 2017 quarter-finals after tense match point

Video: Johanna Konta's coach Wim Fisette on her progress to Wimbledon 2017 semi-finals

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Video: Johanna Konta's coach Wim Fisette on her progress to Wimbledon 2017 semi-finals

Video: Virginia Wade discusses Johanna Konta's Wimbledon 2017 run

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Video: Virginia Wade discusses Johanna Konta's Wimbledon 2017 run

Video: Olly Murs on playing tennis and watching Johanna Konta at Wimbledon 2017

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Video: Olly Murs on playing tennis and watching Johanna Konta at Wimbledon 2017

Video: Johanna Konta Wimbledon 2017 quarter-final press conference

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Video: Johanna Konta Wimbledon 2017 quarter-final press conference

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Konta makes history by beating Halep in quarter-final epic

Konta makes history by beating Halep in quarter-final epic

Johanna Konta upset Simona Halep 6-7(2) 7-6(5) 6-4 to become the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon semi-final in almost 40 years.

Halep shaded the early Centre Court exchanges, pouncing on errors and breaking serve to lead 3-0, as the Briton struggled to keep her searing groundstrokes in court.
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But with cheers and cries of "C'mon Jo" echoing around the roofed-in arena, sixth seed Konta fought back, cranking up her serve and winning eight straight points to draw level at 4-4.

Halep won the first set on a tiebreak with Konta, having squandered a clutch of break points, returning the favor in the second.

The intensity moved up a notch in the third set as the Briton hit harder and the Romanian tightened her defense, before Konta broke in the fifth game and held her nerve to serve the match out.

"Right now it's a little bit surreal just because it's quite incredible how quickly things go in tennis. I'm definitely digesting things a little bit still," said Konta.

"I knew Simona was not going to give me much for free. I had to be the one to create my own chances. I feel fortunate enough that I took a few of them."

Konta will next battle Venus Williams for a place in the finals.

Video: Johanna Konta celebrates reaching Wimbledon 2017 quarter-finals

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Video: Johanna Konta celebrates reaching Wimbledon 2017 quarter-finals

Video: Johanna Konta v Caroline Garcia Wimbledon 2017 fourth round highlights

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Video: Johanna Konta v Caroline Garcia Wimbledon 2017 fourth round highlights

Video: Johanna Konta Wimbledon 2017 fourth round press conference

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Video: Johanna Konta Wimbledon 2017 fourth round press conference

Johanna Konta speaks about her fourth round win over Caroline Garcia at Wimbledon 2017 and gives her thoughts on facing Simona Halep in the last eight.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Garcia says she didn't notice if her father was coaching her

Garcia says she didn't notice if her father was coaching her

Caroline Garcia insisted she did not see her father signaling to her from the coaching box during her fourth-round loss to Johanna Konta at Wimbledon on Monday.

Garcia's father, Louis Paul, is also her coach. He was shown on television giving what appeared to be hand signals, including an ''X'' with his two index fingers. On another occasion, he held up one hand and grabbed the thumb with his other hand.

Coaches are not supposed to communicate with players during matches.