Her tears traveled the world when Ilie Nastase, former number one and then captain of his country tennis team, insulted her in a Fed Cup tie between Romania and Great Britain. The violence received left her crying and with a nervous breakdown for almost half an hour before the match ended. She was playing a match against the local Sorana Cirstea. Then he would be expelled.
We are talking about Johanna Konta. Born in Sydney twenty-seven years ago, of Hungarian parents, she became a British citizen in May 2012 and, since then, she represents Great Britain. Alternating her residence in Spain because there lives her coach Esteban Carril.
Among her most important triumphs there are two against Muguruza (one in the US Open), Halep (in Wuhan), Petkovic, Makárova and Wozniacki. But, in 2016, she defeated Venus Williams and Shuai Zhang and reached semifinals of the Australian Open in which until that time was her best performance in Grand Slams (losing to Kerber). The following year she would reach the same instance in the All England.
She is the biggest hope for the British tennis. Because more than four decades have passed since a local won Wimbledon (Virginia Wade lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish in ’77).
She holds three titles in the circuit and three finals. And came to reach the No. 7 in the WTA ranking.
She says that the main reason to play tennis is because she wants to be part of the history, but that she prioritizes her health and her family.
An interesting life wherever you look at it. Another excuse to visit the tournament.