Johanna Konta’s form has been great but Shenzhen qualification would sign off a successful year!

Jo Konta could be on course for a place at the WTA Finals.

This isn’t the first time this sentence has been used.

Back in 2016 it came down to the day before the cut off point. She began her year with a semi-final run in Melbourne but finished the race a cruel 35 points behind Svetlana Kuznetsova who won the last spot at the final moment.

2017 was a similar story. Semi-finalist at Wimbledon and winner in Miami it was a good year for Jo but once again she missed out on the last spot finishing 9th 185 points behind Caroline Garcia.

2018 didn’t go to plan and neither did the first part of 2019.

On the clay (surprisingly) that all changed.

Runner up in Rabat, runner up in Rome and semi-finalist at Roland Garros gave her some great confidence. Jo kept that going at Wimbledon making the quarter finals and now she must keep the run going.

Jo currently occupies the final place on the race to Shenzhen however there is a lot of tennis to be played between now and the beginning of October.

For me, this does have to be the target for Jo. To finish the season as high as possible on the live rankings where she currently sits at 15 and getting to 10 is possible with not many points to defend but the key now for me has to be Shenzhen and maintaining that form.

Jo has taken some unfair stick in the press. I did think the line of questioning at Wimbledon following her defeat wasn’t far at all. Ok it was a shame and disappointing she lost but at the same time where was the praise for what she did on the clay?

I don’t think there should be major expectations or pressure put on. For me as a fan I would like to see a title win and a spot in Shenzhen and that would be a successful season.

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