Britain’s number one, Johanna Konta is troubled with knee injuries but hopeful ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year.
Starting the new year ranked at 12, Konta said she will be more careful about her injury and not commit to any deadlines.
She informed her fans she was looking forward to getting to Brisbane for the pre-Australian Open warmup event, but also added she was going to take it one step at a time. Konta said:
“I’m planning to play Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, and I am hopeful that I am going to be ready. But I can only listen to my body.”
Konta ended her tennis season early in September after her quarterfinals run with Elina Svitolina where she lost in straight sets at the US Open. She, however, did well as she started the year off at 38 but managed to get a year best rank of 11.
In May, she reached the finals of the Moroccan Open and the Italian Open. Her best performance of the year came when she reached the semi-finals of the French Open. Subsequently, she reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon but lost to Barbora Strýcová in straight sets.
Speaking about the state of her injury, she said:
“It’s definitely on the way up but it’s still going to take some managing, even into next season.
The main thing has been to get it to a stage where I can function at the highest level – and that’s the stage we are getting to now, where we are raising the amount of time on the court and slowly feeling like a normal tennis player again. I’m up to two hours a day on court, which is nearly normal plus all the gym stuff.”
Konta is hopeful that she will make it to the Australian Open and continue the season in good health.
In other British news, former Brit no.1 Laura Robson underwent a second hip surgery to “try to fix the pain for good.”
Robson has been missing from the courts since April hopes to be back on court after a second hip surgery. Plagued with a similar injury as fellow Briton Andy Murray, Robson is hopeful that she will be free of her injury-marred career the past couple of years.