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- Updated: January 13, 2017
Johanna Konta has had what must be one of the best days of her life when she upset third seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-2 to clinch the Sydney International in an incredibly thrilling 81 minutes.
With the latest win, she now has 2 WTA titles under her belt, and by now, must be a confirmed card-carrying member of the giant-slaying club after also beating mega-star Serena Williams in the Stanford Classic last year.
At the end of the match, the unexpected winner had lots to say. Barely able to contain herself, she was, however, coherent enough to express her extreme happiness.
Hear her: “I’m really happy, I was born here so this is a very special moment for me.”
Radwanska, on the other hand, was simply critical of herself and had nothing but praise for her opponent and rival. She said: “It was unbelievable tennis today, I couldn’t play better.”
With her victory, Konta will shoot up to world No. 9 by next week, and is looking more and more like a genuine contender for the Australian Open crown.
At present, the 26 year-old is the British No. 1 and appears to be improving radically with each match, to the terror of her opponents.
Against the ever-crafty Pole, she dug deep in her arsenal to counter very effectively with the accuracy of her shots, while also appearing ro ape a pit bull in the aggressiveness department.
Courtesy of her greater experience and skill, Radswanska had little trouble winning the first six points of the match.
But her opponent was incredibly tenacious and not about to give up. Konta soon broke for 2-1, then managed to hold off her opponent’s assault even with a break point.
She was greatly aided in her win by her powerful serves, to which her increasingly befuddled opponent had no counter.
Soon came an ace, then another and it was game, set and match for Konta!