Johanna Konta (born 17 May 1991) is an Australian-born British professional tennis player of Hungarian descent. On 17 June 2013, she reached her highest WTA singles ranking of 137. Born in Sydney to Hungarian parents, Konta formerly competed as an Australian but became a British citizen in May 2012 and has subsequently represented Great Britain.
Konta won the biggest title of her career on the green clay courts of the 2010 RBC Bank Women's Challenger in Raleigh, North Carolina. In a close encounter, Konta defeated Lindsay Lee-Waters to take the title. Konta won her second ITF singles title of the year at the $10,000 tournament in Westende, Belgium. In the final she defeated Nicky Van Dyck for the loss of just one game.
In June 2011, Konta qualified for her first WTA tour event at the e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open in Copenhagen. In the first round she fell to fourth seed Lucie Šafářová in a match that lasted over two and half hours. Konta won her fifth ITF singles title at the Aegon GB Pro-Series event in Woking in July. In the final against Laura Robson, Konta was 6–4, 1–1 up when her opponent retired. After a patchy few months interrupted by injury, Konta got back to winning ways at the $10,000 event in Madrid, beating Lucy Brown in the final.
Konta received a main draw wildcard to Wimbledon 2012, where she was beaten 10–8 in the third set by Christina McHale. However, she qualified for the 2012 US Open – Women's Singles, bridging a gap of almost 150 places in the rankings to upset world number 59 Tímea Babos in the first round, saving ten set points in the second set. In the second round, she let a 5–2 final set lead slip against Olga Govortsova, going down 6–2, 2–6, 5–7. This run propelled Konta into the world's top 150 for the first time in her career.
In April 2013, Konta played in Great Britain's Fed Cup World Group II play-off against Argentina. Konta was chosen to represent Britain in two of the singles rubbers. After losing her first rubber against Paula Ormaechea, Great Britain decided that Elena Baltacha would replace Konta in the Sunday singles rubber.
Konta's next tournament was the WTA Portugal Open in Oeiras, where she was forced to retire in the second qualifying round against Stéphanie Foretz Gacon, despite beating top-100 player Yulia Putintseva in the first qualifying round.
In June, Konta entered the $75,000 2013 Aegon Trophy on the ITF tour, reaching the semifinals after victories over An-Sophie Mestach, fifth seed Misaki Doi and Alison Riske. In the semifinals, Konta lost a tough battle against third seed Karolína Plíšková, going down in three sets. Following the event, Konta was handed a wildcard for the Aegon Classic in Birmingham. In the first round she defeated qualifier Kurumi Nara to set up a meeting with French player, and 12th seed at the tournament, Kristina Mladenovic, where she was defeated in straight sets despite holding an early break in the first set.
Konta formerly trained at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona and the Roddick Lavalle Academy in Texas. In January 2011, she started training at the Weybridge Tennis Academy in England under the guidance of coach Justin Sherring. She is currently training at the National Tennis Academy in Roehampton, being coached by Louis Cayer.
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||11 May 2008||
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Clay||||6–3, 3–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||8 February 2008||
Sutton, Great Britain
|Hard||||6–3, 2–6, 4–6|
|Winner||3.||28 June 2009||
|Clay||||6–2, 3–6, 6–3|
|Winner||4.||16 May 2010||
Raleigh, United States
|Clay||||6–2, 5–7, 6–4|
|Winner||5.||22 August 2010||
|Hard|| Nicky Van Dyck||6–1, 6–0|
|Winner||6.||16 July 2011||
Woking, United Kingdom
|Hard||||6–4, 1–1 ret.|
|Winner||7.||12 September 2011||
|Hard|| Lucy Brown||6–2, 6–1|
|Winner||8.||12 February 2012||
Rancho Mirage, United States
|Runner-up||9.||29 July 2012||
Lexington, United States
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||13 March 2011||||Hard (o)||||||6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1.||24 September 2011||||Hard (i)||||||6–7(3–7), 1–6|
|2013 Fed Cup
World Group II Play-offs
|WG2 P/O||20 April 2013||
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|2013 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
|R/R||7 February 2013||
|9 February 2013||||||||L||4–6, 6–2, 2–6|