Konta triumphs in Sydney
The Sydney born British No1 fulfilled her dream of winning the Sydney International in front of her sister, nieces and nephews and in the process, avenging her loss to Agnieszka Radwanska at last yearÈs China Open final in Beijing.
I made it very difficult for her to do much today
I was born here so this is a very special moment for me, she declared during the presentation ceremony.
And she won it in impressive style, dominating her higher ranked opponent to underline her place as a genuine contender for the first grand slam title of the season, where she reached the last four last year and kicks off this coming Monday.
She finished the week without dropping a set, hitting 32 winners as she powered her way to a 6-4 6-2 victory over the wily Pole, her first win over Radwanska in three meetings.
Her groundstrokes did the damage for Radwanska was forced continually to hurry shots and was never allowed to settle into the sort of rhythm which provides her with the platform to deploy her own tricky play.
She completed her win with an ace on her second match point having failed to claim it on her first when she netted a drop shot attempt.
After hitting an attempted drop shot into the net on her first match point, she made no mistake on the second, sending an ace past the third-ranked Radwanska to clinch the match.
"I made it very difficult for her to do much today," Konta said a fact which her opponent was in full agreement with.
"I can’t remember playing someone like this on that level, that consistent for the whole match," Radwanska commented. "I couldn’t really say that I did something wrong. She was just playing amazing tennis … aggressive from the first shot."
KontaÈs win is a great boost to British tennis and there was more to come for Dan Evans then reached the final of the menÈs event with another set win, defeating Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-2 3-6 6-3 to reach his first final on the ATP Tour.
In the final he faces the sixth seeded Gilles Muller who beat the defending champion 6-3 7-6(6).
I’m excited, I’m really happy with how I played, said the British number three who is world ranked 67. I felt pretty tired by I got the job done.
It’s really good that Jo won today, Jamie’s in the doubles final and I’m there also. I struggled to sleep last night but reckoned I’ll be okay tonight.