Konta: Momentum counts for little
Originally published on 22/01/17 00:00
The British No.1, who is through to the Australian Open fourth round for the second time in her career, is on an eight-match winning streak after winning the title in Sydney last week.
While Konta is reluctant to talk about momentum, she says she tries to store up good experiences to draw upon at a later date. And the world No.9 will have some very specific memories when she takes on Ekaterina Makarova on Monday. The pair met at the same stage in Melbourne last year, with Konta coming from a set down to win 8-6 in the third set on Margaret Court Arena.
“Every time we play, we have a battle,” said Konta, who has won all three of their previous encounters. “I remember that was a high-level match from both of us. That was a really great match to be a part of."
She added: “I try very hard to always make sure I really take the good and the things I can improve on from every match that I play and reinvest it into the next match. Whenever the similar situation arises, make sure that's in my bank and I can use my experience from that. Having been already in certain pressure situations recently, maybe I can relate back to those things within a match.
“However, equally I need to keep myself present. I need to stay within the match that I am. Just because you win a few previously, it doesn't mean that you'll keep doing it. It's not really relevant for the match at hand.”