Johanna Konta can't wait to hit the court again in beloved Australia



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Johanna Konta can't wait to hit the court again in beloved Australia

The British no. 1 Johanna Konta finished inside the top-15 for the third time in four years after another balanced and consistent season. Johanna had to cancel the post-US Open events, withdrawing due to an ongoing knee injury and not playing since the quarter-final loss in New York to Elina Svitolina.

After a mediocre 2018, the Briton who was born in Australia picked up her game again, kicking off the 2019 campaign from just inside the top-40 and earning enough points to almost find herself in the top-10 and repeat the success of 2016 and 2017.

The Sydney native had made a slow start in Australia (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) before reaching the quarter-final in Acapulco and the third round at Indian Wells, followed by heroic wins in the Fed Cup against Kazakhstan in April.

Clay was never her favorite surface but that all changed this spring, with Konta reaching the final in Rabat and Rome, finishing runner-up to Maria Sakkari and Karolina Pliskova respectively and boosting confidence ahead of Roland Garros.

With no wins in Paris in the previous four years, the Briton delivered five impressive triumphs that carried her into the semi-final where Marketa Vondrousova halted her in two tight sets after a titanic battle. The results were not there on grass in Birmingham and Eastbourne before another deep run at Majors, ousting Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova in front of the home fans at Wimbledon to advance into the quarter-final.

Toronto and Cincinnati brought her nothing good and Johanna made one last push in New York, embracing the third consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final where Elina Svitolina toppled her 6-4, 6-4 in what turned out to be the final match of the season for the top-ranked British player.

Three months later, Johanna is ready to hit the court again, feeling no pain and getting excited about the Australia trip and seeing her family again, spending the first 14 years of her life down under. Konta will try to continue her consistent campaigns at the biggest tournaments and improve her game even more in comparison to 2019.

"I'm definitely pleased with my performance in 2019, especially in the last three Slams where I went deep," Konta said. "The goal for me ahead of 2020 remains the same, to improve my overall results and consistency even more.

I ended the season a little earlier than I wanted but I'm getting back to good health and looking forward to hitting the court again. I'm enjoying the people I'm working with and enjoying the tennis I'm playing.

I had to try and look at the positives of finishing my season early, I'm a natural competitor and definitely miss it when it's not there. It wasn't easy to skip all the events in China and not be competing at one of those year-end tournaments, but it is a relentless schedule with short off-seasons and pre-seasons.

It's the start of the year and everyone is excited to be there and perform the best they can. I consider Australia my second home, I was born there and stayed until I was 14. I'm always thrilled to see my family there and compete in tournaments in front of the packed crowd, as the Aussies love the sport."