Johanna Konta will arrive in Melbourne in title-winning form after beating Agnieszka Radwanska to win the Sydney International

Konta wins in Sydney



Originally published on 13/01/17 00:00

The British No.1 won the second WTA title of her career with an impressive performance against the No.2 seed, sealing a 6-4 6-2 victory with an ace at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. 

“I think I’m just overall happy with how I was able to progress throughout this tournament,” said Konta, who did not drop a set all week. “I felt each match that I was playing I was thinking a little more clearly and was just getting that much more match-tight, as the saying is.

“But overall, I'm very happy with the match I played today. I really felt I definitely maintained a high level throughout and I made it very difficult for her to do much today. Going into any match against Aga – I played her twice before – I knew it had to be nothing short of what it was today if I was to have a chance of coming through.” 

Konta, who was born in Sydney but moved to the UK when she was a teenager, enjoyed raucous support from both her family and the Australian crowd, prompting her to observe, “it’s a bit like playing Fed Cup,” to her coach Wim Fissette.

Victory in Sydney for Konta, who also reached the semi-finals in Shenzhen last week, will see the 25-year-old return to a career-high ranking of No.9 on Monday ahead of the Australian Open, where she opens her campaign against Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.

Last year Konta reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park, where she lost to eventual champion Angelique Kerber.


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