Johanna Konta calls time on her career



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Johanna Konta calls time on her career

Johanna Konta announced her retirement from tennis on Wednesday. The former British no. 1 made the announcement through a post on her official social media channels. Konta’s post that was titled “Grateful”, read, “This is the word that I’ve probably used the most during my career, and is the word that explains it best at the end.

My playing career has come to an end, and I am so incredibly grateful for the career that it turned out to be”. Further elaborating on this aspect, the 30-year-old continued, “All the evidence pointed towards me not “making” it in this profession.

However, my luck materialised in the people that came into my life and impacted my existence in ways that transcended time. I am so incredibly grateful for these people. You know who you are. Through my own resilience and through the guidance of others, I got to live my dreams.

I got to become what I wanted and said as a child. How incredibly fortunate I count myself to be. How grateful I am”.

Johanna Konta's career numbers

In June 2021, Konta won the fourth and last title of her career, at the Nottingham Open in June.

It was her first title in over four years, since the Sydney International in 2017. The biggest title of Konta’s career came at the Miami Open in 2017, which she won after defeating Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki in consecutive matches – from the quarter-finals to the final.

In 2016, Konta became the first British woman since Jo Durie to enter the top-10 of the WTA rankings. Although at the time of her retirement, she was ranked 113 in the world, she’s had a career-high of no. 4 in the world, which she attained in 2017.

Johanna Konta’s best results at the Grand Slams have been reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open (in 2016), French Open (in 2019), Wimbledon (in 2017) and the quarter-finals of the US Open (in 2019). At the 2016 Rio Games, Konta made it to the quarter-finals before exiting the event, after losing to Angelique Kerber.