British number one Johanna Konta is not having a great season.
I remember watching Jo back in 2015 at Roland Garros in the first round as she came through qualifying and it was by far one of the biggest rollercoasters I’ve ever saw as she lost the first set 17-15 on the tie-breaker to Denisa Allertova and went on to lose the match.
Johanna’s rise in the women’s game has been magnificent since then and she has sustained it until this year. This time last year she was ranked at 6 in the world, now she is at 23 and on route to Rome and Roland Garros with little points to defend. Jo isn’t a natural clay court player so this time of the year isn’t too important for her but it is concerning if this continues into the grass court season where she is set to play a full schedule on home soil.
I honestly believe it is a confidence issues for the Brit.
Johanna would have been gutted to miss out on Singapore only just for the second year running finishing the season on a 5 match losing streak and with a record of 9 wins and 9 defeats in 2018 there hasn’t been any consistency for quite some time in her game and that isn’t good!
She has made coaching changes as Wim Fissette left camp and has now joined up with Angelique Kerber and former coach of Maria Sharapova Michael Joyce is now in the Brit’s corner but right now it seems to be a step back.
Jo hasn’t won more than two matches in a row all season so there has been no opportunity to build momentum and has had a lot of defeats this season and at the back end of last season you’d expect her to win.
Her game is lacking confidence. She is usually so methodical with the way she plays tennis but has been second guessing herself coming to the net and going for it a little too much from the baseline.
It be nice to see Jo just go for it in Rome and Roland Garros and focus more on her grass court season now.