Jo Konta is struggling to make the WTA Championships for the first time in her own right. She attended Singapore as an alternate last year and looked set to make the grade this year with her ranking at around the seven to eight mark bearing in mind that the ope eight players qualify.
However, he current run loss of form since reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals, is putting that in jeopardy. The British No.1 has now recorded her third successive loss since Cincinnati, the latest being her 6-0 4-6 7-6 defeat on Monday at the Wuhan Open to the Australian Ashleigh Barty.
I’ve played incredibly tough and close matches. I think I am making the most out of even these three matches. I definitely get my court time. But all of us players are continuously working towards just finding this match-tightness, that feeling of instantaneous decision-making. Jo Konta
More importantly, she lost the match having established a 5-3 lead in the deciding set following her disastrous start.
“I had to work very hard to find my level,” Konta said afterwards. “I feel quite proud of myself in the way I managed to play myself into that match because it was very difficult. I will definitely take that as a good thing, but obviously to lose such a close match, it is quite sad.”
In her last three outings Konta has lost to Aleksandra Krunic, the world No 78, in the first round of the US Open, to Barbora Strycova, the world No 25, in her opening match in Tokyo last week and now to Barty, the world 37.
Konta currently lies eighth in the qualifying table for Singapore and she will have to get a few positive scores and hope others below her don’t do better and overtake her over the next few weeks in Beijing where plenty of points are available.
Konta has tried to be positive declaring: “The last three matches that I’ve played, I don’t think any of them have been under two and a half hours,” she said.
“I’ve played incredibly tough and close matches. I think I am making the most out of even these three matches. I definitely get my court time. But all of us players are continuously working towards just finding this match-tightness, that feeling of instantaneous decision-making.”
She added: “I’m coming up against different challenges right now, different circumstances, I’m in a different position. I think if you look at all the players in the top 10, in fact anywhere in the game, they all go through periods of finding themselves and finding their level and finding their game.”