Tennis player Johanna Konta is a champion in the making! She just ended her run at the US Open title after sixteen wins in a row, and she set a new World Record for tennis. She played Garbiñe Muguruza in a match that lasted for three hours and twenty-seven minutes, the longest tennis match in history.
Johanna Konta was born in Australia, but her parents are Hungarian. She moved to the UK with her family when she was a teenager, and now she is a British citizen and speaks both Hungarian and English! Konta started playing tennis when she was eight years old, and she won her first ITF singles title when she was just seventeen.
Konta is known for her consistent game. This means her game stays the same the whole time she plays. She does not run any slower or hit any softer, and so the pressure she puts on her opponents also stays the same. Tennis experts believe that being consistent is the hardest trick in tennis, and Konta is a master of it!
Konta’s skill at playing a consistent game really came into play during her record-breaking, three-hour and twenty-seven minute match against Garbiñe Muguruza. Winning against Muguruza was a big victory for Konta, because Muguruza is a top-10 player. “I was just fighting for each point, running down each ball and trying not to sit down at the end of the court after each point,” said Konta, describing the record-breaking match. This was Konta’s second win over a top-10 player, and it helped prove Konta’s skill as an athlete.
Konta will not win the US Open this year, though. She was recently beaten by Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion. Konta is not discouraged though, and neither are her fans. She has proven that she is a rising star, and someone to watch!