For the Open previews, Tennisense will be skipping ATP/WTA players who have pulled out of the Open, even if they are currently ranked in the Top 10.
Current Ranking: #7
If I were coaching any young tennis player and I wanted to give them a tour level example of getting down low for the ball, I’d play them videos of Johanna Konta. The 26-year-old has the sort of solid, compact game worth emulating at the junior levels. There is no wasted movement and no extra energy spent on flashiness with Konta. Yet, her game is anything but boring.
Konta’s major strengths are her ability to take the ball hard and early on the return, her flat heavy groundstrokes and her quick coverage around the court. In addition to these natural gifts, she also has an astute tennis mind and a particularly lethal forehand which can be used to change the dimension of a rally in an instant.
With these strengths in mind, it is no surprise that Konta has had a solid season, winning two titles on the way. One of them, and by far the biggest of her career came against Caroline Wozniacki at the Miami Open, earlier in the year. She went on to rebound from a catastrophic French Open campaign, by posting a solid semifinal showing at Wimbledon.
Is Johanna Konta ready to take it a step or two further in New York? I think so, but I also think she doesn’t particularly believe her readiness. There’s a sense of purpose and belonging I have yet to see often enough. Whether or not she makes the semis of the open, is entirely up to her.