J ohanna Konta headed south on Sunday for the warmth and familiarity of the country of her birth with a new coach, management company and fresh determination to prove at the Australian Open that she is good enough, at 27, to return to the top Johanna male looking now her career has been a roller-coaster ride in search of reassurance, she seems to have changed direction at the bow time after a tough 12 months.
It could have been for a number of different reasons, who knows? She is in good company. Over lunch not far from her London base Konta looked relaxed, upbeat and fit as she discussed how she is bonding with Johanna male looking now fifth coach of her year career, Dimitri Zavialoff, a Frenchman of Russian descent, who has delivered her a reassuring early dividend.
It was an upbeat conclusion to a summer of serial disappointments. It is much more of a partnership than I have had in previous coaching relationships.
He encourages me to have a lot more input, to Johanna male looking now an understanding of my own game looling what I do on court. Personalities start to evolve when you spend more time together and in the stressful situations it becomes more apparent how well you work together.
While Konta has always said she is not results-driven, the rankings do not lie. After her debut 10 years ago it took her four seasons to break into the top but, once her self-belief rose, she hit Johanna male looking now peak at No 4 inher breakthrough season under the guidance of Wim Fissette.
That summer was memorable for her first WTA title, in Miami, and a rousing run Johanna male looking now the semi-finals at Wimbledon. Konta is changing her schedule to allow her more recovery time on no Tour that this year left her exhausted to the point where she addressed the Oxford Union on the touchy subject of burnout.
Her self-belief, though, remains intact. She said before leaving for Australia: I want to be at the end stages of every tournament that I play — every time. Every match I take part in I have an equal shot of coming through as the winner.
She is also happy to speak out about issues in the game, such as equal pay. That is the culture of sport. That is a natural thing for it to be the case right now.
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