Johanna Konta hopes her win over Sloane Stephens at the Brisbane International can set the tone for the year. The Brit struggled for consistency last season after reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2017, a result that allowed her to rise to number four in the world.
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Now ranked at number 37, Konta impressed on Tuesday as she defeated the former US Open champion and current world number six Stephens 6-4 6-3.
The 27-year-old next faces Ajla Tomljanovic in the second round and admits she will take plenty of confidence from her opening performance of the year. “She’s top-10 and she’s had an incredible couple of seasons,” Konta said.
“I definitely take a lot of good things from that and a bit of a pat on the back for me that I competed well against one of the best players in the world and I came through.”