194 Facts About Johanna Konta


Johanna Konta was born on 17 May 1991 and is a British former professional tennis player, having represented Australia until 2012.


Johanna Konta won four singles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as eleven singles and four doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit.


Johanna Konta reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the French Open.


Johanna Konta switched her sporting allegiance from Australia to Great Britain after she became a British citizen in May 2012.


Johanna Konta achieved a steep rise in her WTA ranking from the spring of 2015 to late 2016, climbing from 150th to inside the world's top ten, becoming the first Briton to be ranked amongst the WTA's top ten since Jo Durie was ranked fifth over 30 years prior.


Johanna Konta had another successful season in 2019, reaching the semi-finals at the French Open and the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open.


Johanna Konta retired on 1 December 2021, after struggling with a long-term right knee injury which led to her ranking dropping outside the top 100.


Johanna Konta was born in Sydney, Australia, on 17 May 1991, the daughter of Hungarian parents Gabor, a hotel manager, and Gabriella, a dentist.


Johanna Konta's parents had emigrated separately from Hungary and met in Australia.


Johanna Konta has a half sister, Eva Mumford, from her father's previous marriage.


Johanna Konta's sister is married to former Australian rules football player Shane Mumford.


Johanna Konta's childhood was spent in Collaroy on Sydney's Northern Beaches, where she was introduced to tennis at an after-school programme at the age of eight.


Johanna Konta became a British citizen in May 2012 and concurrently switched her sporting allegiance from Australia to Great Britain.


Two weeks after her retirement from professional tennis, Johanna Konta announced on Twitter that she had married her long-term boyfriend Jackson Wade.


Johanna Konta won her first ITF singles title at a $10k tournament in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina shortly before her 17th birthday in May 2008.


Johanna Konta commented that the best was yet to come.


Johanna Konta achieved a significant breakthrough at a $25k tournament in Sutton, England, in February 2009.


Johanna Konta then went through a difficult time in the second half of the year, losing her first match in eight of the nine tournaments entered, six of these losses going to three sets.


Johanna Konta played her first WTA Tour event when she entered the qualifying for Copenhagen, winning a match before exiting the event.


Johanna Konta slipped from 248 to 305 in the world rankings over the course of the season, and showed an improvement of only 55 places over the previous two years.


Johanna Konta achieved some welcome results in the first half of 2012, including a $25k title at Rancho Mirage in February.


At the Australian Open, Johanna Konta failed to build on her form from the US Open, losing in the second qualifying round to Zhou Yimiao of China, in three sets.


Johanna Konta was initially nominated to represent Britain in two of the singles rubbers.


Johanna Konta reached the second qualifying round at the French Open, losing to Galina Voskoboeva in three sets.


Johanna Konta received a wildcard for Wimbledon, where she was drawn against 16th seed Jelena Jankovic in the first round.


Johanna Konta lost in straight sets against the Serbian former world number one.


Johanna Konta then kept up her form by winning the Vancouver Open, a $100k event, where she defeated Sharon Fichman in the final after eliminating top seed and world No 41, Hsieh Su-wei, along the way.


At the Guangzhou International Open, Johanna Konta won two rounds of qualifying to reach the main draw.


Johanna Konta officially became the British No 2 behind Laura Robson, after Heather Watson failed to defend her title in Osaka and ended the year ranked 112.


Johanna Konta began 2014 at the Shenzhen Open, losing to 15-year-old wildcard Xu Shilin in the first qualifying round.


Johanna Konta then moved into the grass-court season by playing at the Birmingham Classic as a wildcard.


Johanna Konta beat 14th seed Kurumi Nara in straight sets, before losing to Aleksandra Wozniak in the second round.


Johanna Konta was awarded another wildcard to compete at the Eastbourne International, where she defeated 2013 Wimbledon junior champion Belinda Bencic, in straight sets.


Johanna Konta gained direct entry into the Wimbledon main draw, losing a tight three-set match to Peng Shuai in the first round.


Johanna Konta was again drawn with Kurumi Nara in the first round, losing to the sixth-seeded Japanese in straight sets.


Johanna Konta then moved across to North America to play the Connecticut Open; she encountered a recent opponent here as she faced top seed Peng Shuai in the second qualifying round and was eliminated.


Johanna Konta's ranking gave her a second consecutive direct entry to a Grand Slam main draw as she played the US Open, but she suffered a 'wasted opportunity' as she was beaten in the opening round by Shahar Pe'er.


Johanna Konta then suffered opening-round defeats at Quebec City, and in the qualifying in Luxembourg.


Johanna Konta played on the ITF Circuit, reaching the semifinals at Albuquerque and the second round at Nantes.


Johanna Konta began the year by entering the qualifying of the WTA Tour events at Shenzhen and Sydney, but did not manage to progress to either of the main draws.


Johanna Konta was eliminated in qualifying at the Australian Open.


Johanna Konta made her debut in the main draw at the French Open against Denisa Allertova after she won her way through qualifying without losing a set.


Johanna Konta then returned to the UK, where she was granted wildcards to the WTA Tour grass-court events in Nottingham, Birmingham and Eastbourne.


At Nottingham, Johanna Konta recorded her first top 100 win of 2015 in the opening round as she beat world No 59 and seventh seed for the event, Magdalena Rybarikova.


Johanna Konta would beat Monica Puig before exiting in the quarterfinals to eventual tournament runner-up Monica Niculescu.


Johanna Konta beat Jarmila Gajdosova in the first round before running into sixth seed Karolina Pliskova; Konta took the opening set off Pliskova, then ranked 13 in the world, but would eventually lose in three sets in a match played over two days.


Johanna Konta's conqueror ended the tournament as the runner-up for the second week in a row.


Johanna Konta continued her run by beating 14th seed Garbine Muguruza, before losing to Belinda Bencic in a three-set quarterfinal.


The draw for Wimbledon paired Johanna Konta, who entered with a wildcard, with former champion Maria Sharapova.


Johanna Konta progressed to the main draw with wins against Reka Luca Jani, Naomi Osaka and Tamira Paszek.


Czech fifth seed Kvitova ended Johanna Konta's run, winning in two tight sets.


Johanna Konta won to advance to a second-round encounter with Grand Slam champion and former world No 1, Victoria Azarenka, who retired after losing the first set.


Johanna Konta exited in the quarterfinals after a three-set battle with Venus Williams, who would go on to win the tournament.


Johanna Konta's run in Wuhan saw her break into the top 50 for the first time, as her ranking reached another new career high at world No 49.


Johanna Konta took over from Heather Watson as the British number one.


Johanna Konta eased past Annika Beck in the opening round, but went out at the next stage to Madison Brengle.


Johanna Konta was a finalist in the Most Improved Player category, but missed out on the award to French Open semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky.


Johanna Konta had a slow start to 2016 as she was eliminated in the first round at Shenzhen, where she was the fifth seed and at Hobart.


The match was played on Rod Laver Arena, with Johanna Konta winning in straight sets.


Johanna Konta backed up her win by beating Zheng Saisai and Denisa Allertova, setting up a fourth-round clash with 21st seed Ekaterina Makarova.


Johanna Konta recovered from a set behind to defeat the Russian and reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.


Johanna Konta defeated qualifier Zhang Shuai in the last-eight before her run ultimately came to an end in the semifinals, where she lost to eventual champion Angelique Kerber in straight sets.


Johanna Konta teamed up with countrywoman Heather Watson to play the doubles.


Johanna Konta was at new career highs in the post-tournament rankings, moving up to world No 28 for singles and breaking into the top 100 for the first time in doubles, at world No 95.


Johanna Konta took a brief break due to illness following the Australian Open, returning to action for the spring North American hardcourt swing.


Johanna Konta was the fourth seed for the Mexican Open in Acapulco, where she exited in the second round, and for the Monterrey Open, where she reached the quarterfinals and lost to Kirsten Flipkens.


Johanna Konta then moved to the United States to participate in the Premier-Mandatory events, the highest level on the WTA Tour, at Indian Wells and Miami.


Johanna Konta was seeded 25th at Indian Wells, which gave her a bye into the second round where she defeated Madison Brengle.


Johanna Konta then beat Denisa Allertova, before exiting in the fourth round to 18th seed Karolina Pliskova.


Johanna Konta moved on to Miami, where she was seeded 24th, which again saw her benefit from a bye to the second round.


Johanna Konta had a disappointing start on the surface as she lost her opening match in Stuttgart, before retiring with illness during the first round in Madrid.


Johanna Konta's form improved in Rome as she beat Johanna Larsson and then upset world number seven Roberta Vinci, before exiting in the third round to Misaki Doi.


Johanna Konta was 20th seed, the first time she had been seeded at a Grand Slam, but was eliminated in the opening round by Julia Gorges.


Johanna Konta entered the grass-court season as world No 18 as her ranking climbed to a new high despite her opening-round loss at Roland Garros.


Johanna Konta's run included a victory over two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round, but was ended in the last four by Karolina Pliskova.


Johanna Konta was the first home player to be seeded in the ladies singles at Wimbledon in over 30 years as she took the No 16 spot.


Johanna Konta recorded her first ever win at the venue by beating Monica Puig in a rain-affected opening round match, but went out at the next stage to former finalist Eugenie Bouchard.


Johanna Konta then defeated two-time former champion Venus Williams in the final to claim her first WTA title.


Johanna Konta was within one victory of breaking into the top ten, but missed out on the landmark after suffering a surprise defeat to Kristina Kucova.


Johanna Konta was seeded tenth in singles, easing past Stephanie Vogt and Caroline Garcia in the first and second round respectively.


Johanna Konta reached the quarterfinals after she beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round, but was knocked out in the last eight by Angelique Kerber.


Johanna Konta partnered Heather Watson in doubles, reaching the second round before exiting to Chinese Taipei.


Johanna Konta teamed up with Jamie Murray in the mixed, losing in the opening round to the eventual gold medallists.


Johanna Konta reached the third round before going out to Agnieszka Radwanska.


Johanna Konta moved on to the US Open recording victories in the opening two rounds over Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Tsvetana Pironkova.


The win over Pironkova came despite a health scare towards the end of the second set, Johanna Konta collapsing on court and requiring medical attention before she could continue.


Johanna Konta took just 52 minutes to beat 24th seed Belinda Bencic in the third-round, matching her run to the last 16 from the previous year.


Johanna Konta was eliminated at that stage by Anastasija Sevastova.


Johanna Konta was drawn to face Sevastova in the opening round in a re-match of their US Open meeting of a few weeks prior, Konta gaining revenge for the defeat in New York.


Johanna Konta progressed to the semifinal by beating Chinese number one, Zhang Shuai, for the second successive week.


Johanna Konta defeated Madison Keys in the last four to reach her first Premier Mandatory final.


Victory over Keys saw Johanna Konta enter the top ten for the first time in her career, making her the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1984 to be ranked amongst the elite of the WTA.


Johanna Konta attempted to consolidate her Tour Finals place in Hong Kong, but an abdominal strain forced her to pull out of her second-round match.


Johanna Konta slipped outside the qualifying spots when Dominika Cibulkova won the tournament in Linz, which secured the last place for the Slovak.


Johanna Konta had already travelled to Singapore to practice, only to be pipped for the final place less than 24 hours before the start of the event when Svetlana Kuznetsova won the title in Moscow.


Johanna Konta remained at the venue as an alternate, but was unused.


Johanna Konta was placed in the Azalea Group alongside Sam Stosur and Caroline Garcia.


Johanna Konta opened with a win over Stosur that guaranteed she would finish the season ranked inside the WTA's top ten, the first Briton to achieve this since 1983.


Johanna Konta then beat Garcia to top the group and progress to a semifinal against Elina Svitolina, which Svitolina won to end Konta's season.


Johanna Konta led the 2016 WTA Tour in points won behind second serve, and sat third for top-ten wins, hardcourt-match wins and tie-breaks won.


Johanna Konta featured in the top ten of a number of other statistical categories.


Johanna Konta started working with Belgian coach Wim Fissette during pre-season training.


Ahead of the Australian Open Johanna Konta was widely regarded as a contender for the title.


Johanna Konta recorded victories over Kirsten Flipkens, Naomi Osaka, former world No 1, Caroline Wozniacki, where she hit 31 winners to six and did not face a single break point on serve, and 30th seed Ekaterina Makarova to reach the quarterfinals without dropping a set.


Johanna Konta was then beaten in the last eight by the eventual champion, Serena Williams.


Watson went from teammate to opponent as Johanna Konta won an all-British clash in the second round at Indian Wells, before exiting at the next stage against Caroline Garcia.


The WTA Tour then traversed the United States to Miami, where Johanna Konta progressed to a quarterfinal meeting with third seed Simona Halep.


Johanna Konta then defeated Venus Williams in the semifinal to progress through to her second Premier Mandatory final.


Johanna Konta broke down in tears over the abuse following Nastase's ejection, with play being suspended to allow her time to compose herself.


Johanna Konta had been trailing in the second set prior to the interruption, but on resumption won five successive games to overturn the deficit and win the match, which levelled the tie at one rubber each.


Johanna Konta subsequently lost to Simona Halep as Romania won by three rubbers to two.


Johanna Konta lost in the opening round in Madrid to Laura Siegemund, and the third round in Rome to Venus Williams.


Johanna Konta was seeded seventh in the French Open, but was upset by Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei the first round.


Johanna Konta remained yet to win a main draw match in Paris.


Johanna Konta began the grass-court swing in Nottingham, where she was the top seed.


Johanna Konta reached the final, her first at Tour level on home soil and on grass, but was upset by Donna Vekic in the title match.


Johanna Konta pulled out of the tournament on the morning of her semifinal because of a back injury she sustained in her quarterfinal match against Kerber, raising questions over her fitness for Wimbledon the following week.


Johanna Konta showed no ill-effects of the injury as she faced Hsieh Su-wei in the opening round of a Grand Slam championship for the second time in a row, defeating her in straight sets.


Wins against Maria Sakkari and Caroline Garcia saw Johanna Konta reach the quarterfinals, where she defeated second seed Simona Halep, denying Halep the world No 1 ranking and becoming the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon singles semifinals since Virginia Wade in 1978.


Johanna Konta was beaten in the last four by Venus Williams.


Johanna Konta's ranking reached a new career high of world number four.


Johanna Konta then lost her first match in her next four tournaments.


Johanna Konta lost to Aleksandra Krunic at the US Open, to Barbora Strycova in Tokyo, to Ashleigh Barty in Wuhan and to Monica Niculescu in Beijing.


Johanna Konta confirmed the rest of her team would remain the same and she would be looking for a new coach "as soon as possible", and thanked Fissette for his "patience, hard work and expertise".


For being the first woman since 1978 to reach the Wimbledon semifinal and the first to win a Premier Mandatory title, Johanna Konta was nominated for the 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, placing 11th of the 12 nominees on the public's vote.


Johanna Konta hired Michael Joyce as her new coach during the off-season.


Johanna Konta was unable to defend her title at Sydney the following week, losing in the first round.


At the Australian Open, Johanna Konta was knocked out in the second round by world No 123, lucky loser Bernarda Pera.


Johanna Konta beat Fanny Stollar as Britain progressed to the World Group II play-offs.


On resuming WTA play, Johanna Konta was eliminated prior to the quarterfinals of her next three tournaments, before failing to defend her title in Miami, losing in the fourth round to Venus Williams.


Johanna Konta exited early in the clay-court event at Charleston.


Johanna Konta next played in Britain's Fed Cup tie with Japan.


Johanna Konta won both her singles rubbers, beating Kurumi Nara and recently crowned Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka.


Johanna Konta's form picked up in Rome, where she reached the third round before exiting to Jelena Ostapenko.


Johanna Konta lost in the first round of the French Open to No 93 Yulia Putintseva in straight sets.


Grass brought an upturn as Johanna Konta reached her first final of the year in Nottingham, after defeating defending champion Donna Vekic in the semifinals in a rerun of the 2017 final of the same event.


Johanna Konta was looking to become the first British player to win a WTA Tour level title on home soil since Sue Barker in 1981, but was beaten in the final by Ashleigh Barty.


However the resurgence in form was temporary as following this Johanna Konta suffered a first round loss in Birmingham, a second round loss in Eastbourne, and a second round loss at Wimbledon.


Johanna Konta then beat Sofia Kenin, before losing to fourth seed Elise Mertens in the quarterfinals.


Johanna Konta followed this by reaching the third round in Canadian Open, before losing to Elina Svitolina and then losing in the first round of Cincinnati to Aryna Sabalenka.


Johanna Konta's struggles had seen ranking had slip outside the top 32, leading to her being drawn against sixth seed Caroline Garcia in the opening round of the US Open; she lost to continue a poor run of form in Grand Slam matches since her Wimbledon semifinal run of the previous year.


Post the US Open Johanna Konta entered the Pan Pacific Open in Japan where she lost in the second round to Donna Vekic in two tight sets.


Johanna Konta lost to Ashleigh Barty in the first round of the Wuhan.


Johanna Konta lost to Julia Gorges in the opening round of the Beijing.


Johanna Konta lost to Daria Kasatkina in the last four, who went on to win the tournament.


Johanna Konta started the year at the Brisbane International by defeating third seed Sloane Stephens before losing to Ajla Tomljanovic in the second round.


Johanna Konta received a lucky loser berth from qualifying for the Sydney International but withdrew with a neck injury.


Johanna Konta opted not to play in either Doha or Dubai, instead returning to WTA action for the North American spring hardcourt swing.


Johanna Konta returned to Europe to rejoin Britain's Fed Cup team for their World Group II play-off against Kazakhstan.


Johanna Konta saved three match points during her first round match against Wang Yafan before rallying to outlast the Chinese player in three sets and progress to a second round encounter with Ana Bogdan.


Johanna Konta beat Bogdan and followed that by ousting Hsieh, the tournament's second seed, to reach the semifinals.


Johanna Konta lost the first set, however came back to win in three.


Johanna Konta defeated Venus Williams to move into her first Premier level clay court quarterfinal.


Johanna Konta defeated Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova to reach the semifinals.


Johanna Konta came to the French Open having not won a main-draw match at the venue in four previous attempts.


Johanna Konta finally broke her 'curse' by beating Antonia Lottner in the first round, and went on to advance to the semifinals.


Johanna Konta's run included victory over Vekic in the fourth round and a third win of the year against Stephens in the quarterfinals.


Johanna Konta was defeated in the semifinal by the unseeded Vondrousova in two tight sets.


Johanna Konta returned to the Top 20 in the WTA rankings after this run.


Johanna Konta lost to Jelena Ostapenko in the second round.


At Eastbourne, Johanna Konta reached the third round before losing to Ons Jabeur.


Johanna Konta was seeded 19th at Wimbledon and went on to reach the quarterfinals, picking up her fourth win of the season against Stephens and defeating two-time former champion Petra Kvitova en route.


Johanna Konta was upset in the last eight by Barbora Strycova.


Johanna Konta did not play in another tournament following the US Open, and finished the year as No 12.


Johanna Konta then participated at the Australian Open, where she suffered a shock first-round exit to Ons Jabeur.


Johanna Konta was scheduled to play at Indian Wells, but the tour was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Johanna Konta defeated Kirsten Flipkens, Vera Zvonareva, and Maria Sakkari, before falling to the eventual champion, Victoria Azarenka.


Johanna Konta then participated at the French Open, where she lost in the first round to Coco Gauff.


Johanna Konta ended the year ranked No 14 in the world.


At the Gippsland Trophy in Melbourne, Johanna Konta won her first match of the year against Bernarda Pera, before losing to Irina-Camelia Begu.


Australian Open, Johanna Konta retired from her first-round match against Kaja Juvan with an abdominal injury.


Johanna Konta lost in the first round to Shelby Rogers in Adelaide, second round to Petra Kvitova in Miami, second round to Anastasija Sevastova in Madrid, and first round to Jelena Ostapenko in Rome.


Johanna Konta lost in the first round of the French Open to Sorana Cirstea.


Johanna Konta won her first title in four years at the Nottingham Open on grass, beating Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove, Kateryna Kozlova, Alison Van Uytvanck and Nina Stojanovic to reach the final, where she beat Zhang Shuai in under an hour.


Johanna Konta had to withdraw from Wimbledon because one of her team tested positive for COVID-19, forcing her to endure a quarantine.


At the 2021 National Bank Open in Montreal, Johanna Konta defeated Zhang Shuai in the first round, following her retirement in the second set.


Johanna Konta then played third seed Elina Svitolina in the second round.


Johanna Konta claimed her first win against Svitolina after losing their first 5 matches.


Johanna Konta withdrew from the US Open, and she did not play another match for the rest of the season.


Johanna Konta's ranking had dropped to No 82 in October 2021, and, after residual points from the 2019 season were dropped, her ranking fell to No 113 in the world by 29 November 2021, her lowest ranking since August 2015.


On 1 December 2021, Johanna Konta announced her retirement from professional tennis, after suffering from a long-term right knee injury.


Johanna Konta was an aggressive baseliner, with her game centered around her flat, quick, and powerful groundstrokes.


Johanna Konta was known for creating sharp angles, being able to hit winners from any position on the court.


Johanna Konta preferred to attack from the baseline, rather than to come to the net to volley.


Johanna Konta was often criticized by commentators for a lack of mental toughness and a lack of variety or a "plan B" in tough match situations, but after hiring Dimitri Zavialoff as her coach, she utilised more drop shots and tried to come in more often although she retained an uncomfortable relationship with the net and never looked truly comfortable there.


Johanna Konta endorsed the Babolat Pure Aero range of racquets.


Johanna Konta initially trained at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, before her parents decided to settle in Great Britain in 2005, and at the Roddick Lavalle Academy in Texas.


Johanna Konta trained at the National Tennis Academy in Roehampton with LTA-supplied coaches Louis Cayer and, from mid-2012, Julien Picot.


In December 2012, the Lawn Tennis Association announced that Johanna Konta was one of 21 players set to receive the LTA's funding next season, which is supported through Team Aegon.


Supporters of the LTA's austerity drive argued this was a benefit of their tough love policy, though Johanna Konta disagreed that that was the case.


Johanna Konta retained the rest of her team and said she would spend the off-season looking for a new coach.


On 6 December 2017, Johanna Konta announced she was hiring Michael Joyce for the 2018 season.


On 10 October 2018, Johanna Konta announced that she had split with Joyce.


Johanna Konta immediately commenced a trial period with Dimitri Zavialoff, a former coach of Stanislas Wawrinka, hiring him on a permanent basis 3 weeks later.