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Johanna Konta, the former British No. 1 in tennis, commanded the position for nearly six years and reached a career-best global rank of 4. Joining the pro circuit in 2008, she ascended rapidly to the Top 250 within just two years. Notably, in 2012, Konta surged into the Top 150 after an impressive US Open qualification.
Representing Great Britain 24 times in the Billie Jean Cup, Johanna’s standout moment arrived in 2015 when she claimed the British No. 1 mantle, retaining it for nearly six consecutive years, an achievement unseen since the era of Virginia Wade. Amid this, she made history in 2016, reaching the Australian Open semi-finals, the first British woman to do so since 1978. In the same year, Johanna seized her inaugural Tour-level title at Stanford, triumphing over Venus Williams in a thrilling three-set final—a 33-year milestone for British female players. Her appearance at the Rio Olympics saw a quarter-final finish, while also marking the first instance since 1984 where both a British man (Andy Murray) and woman featured simultaneously in the world’s Top 10. Continuing her ascent, Johanna clinched her second WTA title in 2017 at Sydney, followed by a defining victory at the Miami Open, defeating elite players en route to the championship. Her Wimbledon semi-final breakthrough in 2017 propelled her to a career-high No. 4 ranking. The subsequent year brought an iconic win against Serena Williams and later a French Open semi-final.
Johanna announced her retirement in late 2021, leaving behind a legacy of remarkable achievements and now contributes to sports broadcasting roles alongside her role as a parent.
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