Heading into a tough stretch of American tournaments, Johanna Konta is satisfied with her start to the 2018 season.
After a tough start to the season in Australia, the Brit has reacted well with tough losses to Angelique Kerber and Daria Kasatkina in Doha and Dubai respectively. Despite not reaching a semi-final this season, Konta is fairly satisfied with her season so far as she prepares for a tough run of American tournaments.
“Results wise things haven’t always gone my way this year but from a personal point of view and in terms of where my tennis is at, it’s definitely been a great start to the year,” explained Konta, who also has to defend the Miami title starting from next week. “I had a lot of things that I wasn’t happy with at the end of last year that I needed to get right and I feel like I’m now getting my tennis back to where I want it to be. I’m happy to be healthy, first and foremost, but I’m also happy with where I’m at with my tennis and with my career.”
However the world number 11 is determined to improve and admits her matches with Kerber and Kasatkina will help her achieve this, “I played well in Dubai and Doha and I lost close matches to players who were having great weeks. When I played Kerber, I think she’d lost one match all year and I had match points against Kasatkina so I was right in that match as well. What we’re working on now is sustaining that really high level all the way through three sets and for however long it takes. That’s the next step and I feel like we’re really making some progress with that.”
Johanna Konta will play Marketa Vondrousova in her first match at Indian Wells on Friday morning at 11:00 local time.