02 February, 2018

Johanna Konta: British number one to play cap trap of pre-Wimbledon competitions


British number one Johanna Konta will play in a cap trap of pre-Wimbledon competitions as she hopes to expand on an important 2017 crusade.

The 26-year-old is set to contend at June's Nottingham Open, Birmingham Classic, and Eastbourne International.


A year ago, she turned into the principal British lady to achieve a Wimbledon semi-last since Virginia Wade in 1979, achieving a profession high world positioning of four.

"Nothing compares to competing at home," said world number 11 Konta.

"I know there will be a really strong player field at Nottingham, Birmingham and Eastbourne and I'll face some tough opponents in competitive matches."

She lost to Croatia's Donna Vekic in the final of the 2017 Nottingham Open.

"These tournaments provide me with the perfect pathway to Wimbledon," Konta added.

"Last year it proved to be the best preparation possible as I enjoyed my most successful Wimbledon ever, and hopefully it will have the same effect for 2018."

Konta - who lost in the second round of the Australia Open last month - is also in the GB Fed Cup team for next week's tie in Estonia.

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