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Wimbledon | Konta must underline the positives

Wimbledon | Konta must underline the positives

Jo Konta is not weighed down by being a favourite in matches. That’s the verdict of her sports psychologist Lorenzo Beltrame.

I don't want her to be bombarded by this type of doubts Lorenzo Beltrame

The British No.1 suffered a surprise defeat against veteran Barbora Strycova in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.

It followed her French Open last four loss to little-known Marketa Vondrousova.

Beltrame said: “Let’s go back to the Fed Cup [ties earlier this year].

“Konta played constantly with players who were ranked below her and was always able to win in tight battles.

“The last thing we want to do is create a rule that when she’s favourite, she can’t come through.

“I don’t see the value in making a rule out of the statement for future matches. I think it is something we might have discussed, but it didn’t appear to be an issue in her mind, and that is great.

“I don’t want her to be bombarded by this type of doubts.

Talking to the BBC, he added: “Hopefully she will have another opportunity sooner or later, maybe even at the US Open, and not have to deal with these types of thoughts undermining her confidence.”

“We underlined the positive things she has done since February or so. The end was not exactly what we were hoping for, but in the bigger picture, it has been a year full of progress.

“We discussed what happened more so than what went wrong. It was not necessarily a discussion about right or wrong.”

In her post match news conference, Konta focussed on the qualities of Strycova, and insisted she had no regrets.

“I think that the press conference is not necessarily the right place to address your shortcomings and your weaknesses,” Beltrame says.

“Those are public moments that can be seen by many people, and I think a smart professional athlete might not want to display the topics that she is addressing to get better.

“It’s unfortunate, but I think that is part of what she has to do to protect her future.

“But I guarantee that she is working to get better every day.”

About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for 30 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one out on Pitch Publishing called The King of White Hart Lane: The Authorised Biography of Alan Gilzean, a Tottenham Hotspur, Dundee and Scotland footballing icon. It is a follow up to Glory, Glory Lane related to the 118-year history of Spurs at White Hart Lane.

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