Johanna Konta is like Victoria Azarenka, says Serena Williams' coach


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Johanna Konta is like Victoria Azarenka, says Serena Williams' coach

In an interview to The Standard, Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou spoke highly of Johanna Konta who will play the French Open semifinals on Thursday. The Frenchman said: "I think her number one quality is her mentality.

She’s a fighter. She’s very intense in everything she’s doing. She has the same kind of mentality and tennis as Azarenka. She’s not someone who hits a lot of winners but she imposes a really high rhythm with a lot of intensity and power."

Women's tennis legend Billie Jean King added: "Konta is playing the best I’ve probably ever seen her play except for when she had that run at Wimbledon. But I think she’s actually better now. I think her concentration is better day in and day out.

I feel like some days she gets like too hyped up and she seems to be very calm right now. You can tell by her… well, like [Sofia] Kenin – our kid from America – she’s so hyped up, like crazed. And you want to have that in you if that’s who you are, but you have to know how to direct it.

And Konta, I know, I can tell she’s had a lot of therapy and I think it’s helped her. She’s quite clear now in her thoughts in what she wants to do and she just keeps improving. Because she wants to. You can tell she wants to keep improving."