Andy Murray has company. His compatriot Johanna Konta is on the rise! The No. 3-seeded Konta continued her overwhelming serving during the week in defeating the former No. 1 and two-time Bank of the West Classic champion Venus Williams 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 to win her first WTA title.
Konta was making her debut in the event, while Venus made her first appearance 20 years ago, winning a match in her debut before falling to former No. 1 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in three sets.
But things got real dicey for the Brit after she blew a set and 4-1 lead in the second. But Konta broke Venus early in the third and hung on for the win.
“It’s actually quite an incredibly humbling experience,” Konta said. “It’s a great validation of the hard work you’ve been putting in and it’s a great motivator on the things you want to keep getting better at. I played her twice previously. I knew going into it I was going to be playing against a magnitude of experience. Venus Williams doesn’t need an introduction.”
Konta improved to 1-0 in career finals, while Venus fell to 49-31. Konta had 12 aces to three for Venus in the final.
“Credit to her for playing great tennis; she played so well and all of her balls were landing today,” Venus said. “It wasn’t my best day, but I tried to stay in there and fight, and that helped me get an opportunity to win the match.”
The 25-year-old Konta saw her ranking climb from No. 18 to a career-high No. 14 today.
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