Johanna Konta believes she can become the world’s number one player after claiming the biggest title of her career so far at the Miami Open.
The British number one secured victory over Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-3 to claim £940,000 in prize money and she is set to climb to seventh in the world, the highest ranking of her career to date.
The 25-year-old was ranked 146th less than two years ago but she has firmly established herself in the upper echelons of the women’s game with some stirring performances at Grand Slam events since.
Victory in Miami, one of the WTA’s Big Four tournaments, is likely to be viewed by many as the perfect platform for her to achieve Grand Slam success further down the line.
Konta has no doubts about her goals for the future. “The belief has been there since I was a little girl,” she said.
“I’d like to be the best player in the world but there’s a lot of work to be done between now and then.”
While the Australian-born Konta admits that her development has perhaps taken longer than some might have expected, she is very happy with the state of her game currently.
“Everybody’s journey is different. I needed a little more time and a little more experience to accumulate the knowledge that I have and re-use it in my matches,” she added.
“I play smart tennis and calmer tennis I think. It just took time. On paper it looks like a quick turnaround but it’s been a long time coming.”
Konta is 11.00 to win the singles title at Wimbledon this summer.