Johanna Konta, the No. 1 female British player in the world, has become the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal in over 30 years after defeating Ekaterina Makarova in the fourth-round of the 2016 Australian Open in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Konta also reached the fourth round final major of 2015, the U.S. Open, but her performance in Melbourne has been even better.
Konta, who now squares up in the quarters against Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai on Wednesday, January 27, shortly after 12:30 p.m. Australian time. Some are now suggesting that it is only a matter of time before the 24-year-old breaks into the upper echelon of female players. It has been a remarkable career turnaround for Konta.
Ever the countrywoman, Konta even teams up with a fellow Brit when she plays on the doubles circuit. She also claims that she suffers from nerves, and uses different tactics, including a mind coach, to cope with them. Here’s everything you need to know about the 24-year-old budding star, who has an active presence on social media. (Getty)