With the first Grand Slam of the year approaching and ready to begin from Monday, the women’s draw could not have been more open. Angelique Kerber arrives as the top seed and has not made a very good start to the season.
On the other hand, Serena Williams returned to competitive tennis but suffered an early loss in Auckland. This has surely left the door open for someone else to come in and take advantage. And former British No 1 who is now a tennis expert, Annabel Croft, believes that Johanna Konta has a strong chance to take advantage and win the Australian Open.
The 25 year old has been very impressive in the past year or so which has seen her climb into the top 10. “She’s in great form, very fit physically, unbelievably consistent, very headstrong, just one of those names that any of the players in the draw would see as a nightmare because you’re in for a rough ride when you draw her. “Everything’s impressed me about her.
It’s the way she goes about her business, she’s so utterly professional, she’s so incredibly hard working, she’s applied herself in every single aspect you could imagine to try to improve, and all those little bits have come together to make her a real force to be reckoned with. “You keep waiting for her to wake up and think about where she is, and is the pressure going to get to her, but actually she does the opposite.
She continues to forge ahead and I’d definitely put her right up there in names you’d put forward as potential grand slam champions.” “It’s not as if you’re saying there’s four or five names at the top who are unbeatable.
When you look at the names ahead of her, she’s beaten most of them, and it doesn’t take much for a draw to shift, and she’s someone you can imagine would take advantage of any potential opportunities. The fact she’s been in the semi-finals of grand slams before, why not go further?” Source: The Courier Also Read: Laureus Awards - Three tennis players among the nominees