Brit Jo Konta bowed out of the Wimbledon Quarterfinals following a straight sets 7-6, 6-1 loss to Barbora Strycova. Former Grand Slam champion Tracy Austin came to defend Konta, saying, “I still see Jo as a Grand Slam champion.
She’s really matured this year and I love the variation she’s added to her game. She’s continuing to grow her game but she needs more”. “Strycova was just very, very tricky. She’s got different spins, she’s crafty, she comes to the net a lot, gets a lot of balls back in play.
Under pressure, it’s helpful for Jo that she has more options to her game - different points and not always the same tempo. That’s been very beneficial to her game”. Fed Cup Captain Anne Keothavong also defended Konta, saying, “I’ve really enjoyed watching her battle, particularly in the previous two matches where she had to fight back each time from a set down.
She weathered the storm very well against Kvitova and she keeps putting herself in good positions”. She further added, “Dealing with the pressure comes with experience. She has spoken openly about the work she’s done on the mental side and that’s reflected in the tennis she’s able to produce.
I think she does actually handle high-pressure situations better. Strycova was crafty, different and liked being the underdog on Centre Court”. Speaking about Konta’s partnership with coach Dimitri Zavialoff, Keothavong said, “He’s been great for her.
He’s encouraging her to try different things and not be afraid of that, to be open to change. He’s also increasingly got her to stay calm out there and trust that she’s able to figure that out”. “He doesn’t come on the court for on-court coaching at events where that’s allowed as he believes a player should be able to trust their own instincts and figure it out for themselves”.