Friday 20


Konta in confident mood ahead of US Open

25th August 2019, 13:00 by Tom McGarry

Johanna Konta is confident she can enjoy another extended run at a Grand Slam during this year's US Open.

The British number one will head into the final Grand Slam of the year at Flushing Meadows having reached the semi-finals of the French Open and the last eight at Wimbledon over recent months.

Indeed, the US Open is the only one of the big four events where Konta has not previously made it through to the semi-finals at least, with her best showing in New York to date coming when she reached the fourth round in both 2015 and 2016.

The 28-year-old is now hoping she can go deep in this year's event and she insists she is well prepared despite not playing many competitive matches since Wimbledon.

"If you take a zoomed in look at it I haven't played many matches since Wimbledon," Konta told reporters. "However, if you take the season as a whole I've played over 50 matches.

"So I've played a lot of matches and won quite a lot of them as well, which is a good position to be in."

Konta is the number 16 seed in New York this year but she has been handed a testing opening match of the tournament as she will face former world number 10 Daria Kasatkina in the first round on Monday.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

More Tennis


Kerber gets win after outlasting Keys

20th September 2019, 13:46

Angelique Kerber reached the semi-finals of Pan Pacific Open on Friday after Madison Keys retired due to injury early in the final set.


Kyrgios' rallying call ahead of Laver Cup

20th September 2019, 12:50

Nick Kyrgios says rankings are overrated and that Team World should not be worried about facing Team Europe in the Laver Cup.


Pavlyuchenkova eases past Bertens in Osaka

19th September 2019, 16:21

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Kiki Bertens in straight sets to secure her place in the Toray Pan Pacific Open quarter-finals.


Laver backs Federer for Tokyo

19th September 2019, 15:04

Australian tennis great Rod Laver says Roger Federer has what it takes to continue playing into his 40s.


Osaka delighted with hometown progress

18th September 2019, 18:17

Naomi Osaka says she felt "nervous" as she booked her place in the last eight of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in her home city of Osaka.


Mouratoglou expects Williams to reach Grand Slam target

18th September 2019, 17:36

Serena Williams can win what has so far been an elusive 24th Grand Slam singles title, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Recent Sport Headlines

Leeds United

Alioski talks up Whites ability

20th September 2019, 14:54

Leeds United utility star Ezgjan Alioski feels that if his side plays up to their high standards they will overcome promotion hopefuls Derby County on Saturday.

Manchester United

Owen backs Greenwood for England

20th September 2019, 14:50

Former Manchester United and England forward Michael Owen says Mason Greenwood is destined to play for the Three Lions.

Sheffield Wednesday

Monk determined to get the best out of Forestieri

20th September 2019, 14:50

New Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk says he hopes to be able to help Fernando Forestieri rediscover some consistency in front of goal.

Hull City

Grosicki wants answers on long-term Hull City future

20th September 2019, 14:48

Kamil Grosicki says he is ready to talk about a new contract with Hull City and wants to begin negotiations soon after entering the last 12 months of his deal.


Pieters backing Burnley to slay “giant-killers”

20th September 2019, 13:48

Burnley defender Erik Pieters says he expects his side to give Norwich a tough game on Saturday at Turf Moor.


Kerber gets win after outlasting Keys

20th September 2019, 13:46

Angelique Kerber reached the semi-finals of Pan Pacific Open on Friday after Madison Keys retired due to injury early in the final set.

Tottenham Hotspur

Pochettino – Too early to compare top-six rivals

20th September 2019, 13:22

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino feels it's too early to talk about the top-six contenders in the Premier League with the new season only five games old.

Derby County

The Spygate derby returns

20th September 2019, 13:20

The dust might well have settled after the ‘Spygate’ saga from last season but it’s soon to be blown right back up as Leeds United prepare to host Derby County