Johanna Konta Stuns Venus Williams To Capture First Career WTA Title In Stanford
by Staff | July 24th, 2016, 11:49 pm

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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3 Comments for Johanna Konta Stuns Venus Williams To Capture First Career WTA Title In Stanford

RZ Says:

Congrats to Jo!
But was it really so “stunning”? She already beat Venus in straight sets in the Australian Open earlier this year, and has been solid on hard courts since last fall.

Also congrats to Yanina Wickmayer who won singles and doubles in DC!

J-Kath Says:


Jo is not as consistent as one would hope. Heather is wanting to play with Andy in mixed doubles…???? But????
My guess is if he chooses to play mixed doubles he’ll go for Jo.
What do you plus Margot think?

Willow Says:

My two cents i would go for Jo, not consistent, but more so than Heather ….

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