2016 Aegon International

Konta on cusp of top 20 hit

Johanna Konta has edged ever closer to becoming a top 20 hit following her magnificent run at the Miami Open.

The Eastbourne-based ace has climbed two spots to reach a career-high world #21 in the latest WTA Tour rankings.

And the turnaround over the past 12 months‎ has been remarkable for the 24-year-old, who this time last year was a lowly ranked world #151.

Konta is one of a trio of British ladies who have climbed the world rankings this week, with Guernsey’s Heather Watson leaping 14 places to #55 and Naomi Broady up two spots to #78.

Last week Australian-born Konta became the first British woman to reach the quarter-final stage at the prestigious Miami Open tournament.

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She was defeated in straight sets -6-4 6-2 by former world #1 Victoria Azarenka, who captured her third Miami Open crown.

The Belarussian ‎praised Konta after the one-way match: “She’s such a great player.

“It’s really interesting to see what sort of player she was last year and now playing well, so I see a lot of potential.”

The past year for Konta has seen the Sydney-born star praised by numerous professionals – both former and current players – who predict that she will break into the top 10.

At the 2015 Aegon International Konta made an impact, which she failed to carry on at Wimbledon a week later.

But Konta bounced back to make an impression at the next Grand Slam, the US Open, then surpassed her achievements by cruising into the 2016 Australian Open semi-finals where she started her campaign with a stunning win over ex-world #1 Venus Williams.

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