Johanna Konta is in confident mood as she bids to enjoy another impressive run at a Grand Slam during this year’s US Open. The British number one will head into the final Grand Slam of the year at Flushing Meadows having reached the semi-finals of the French Open and the last eight at Wimbledon over recent months.
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Indeed, the US Open is the only one of the big four events where Konta has not previously made it through to the semi-finals at least, with her best showing in New York to date coming when she reached the fourth round in both 2015 and 2016. The 28-year-old is now hoping she can go deep in this year’s event and she insists she is well prepared despite not playing many competitive matches since Wimbledon.
“If you take a zoomed in look at it I haven’t played many matches since Wimbledon,” Konta told reporters. “However, if you take the season as a whole I’ve played over 50 matches. “So I’ve played a lot of matches and won quite a lot of them as well, which is a good position to be in.
” Konta is the number 16 seed in New York this year but she has been handed a testing opening match of the tournament as she will face former world number 10 Daria Kasatkina in the first round on Monday.