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Johanna Konta Sheds Light On When She May Quit Tennis

The 29-year-old could be walking away from the sport sooner than some expect.

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British No.1 Johanna Konta has insisted that she is still committed to her professional career but admits that the end could be approaching.

 

The three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist has opened up about her hopes for the future during an interview with The Telegraph earlier in the week. Konta has experienced a mixed 2020 season where she has recorded eight wins against nine losses. Her best results occurred at the Monterrey Open in Mexico and Western and Southern Open in New York where she reached the last four of both events. On the other hand, she has only won one match across all three major tournaments where she reached the second round of the US Open.

Next year the Brit will reach a milestone in her life when she turns 30 on May 17th. Despite a growing trend in players playing later into their careers, Konta admits that it is possible that she may only have two more years left to play before retiring.

“I know it’s a big day. In terms of longevity, I am definitely motivated, inspired and excited to play. I am 100 per cent not looking to stop in the next couple of years,” she told The Telegraph.
“However, I am open also to what life throws at you. I am training now into next season, I am looking forward to competing and see myself definitely playing another season after that. Then I am going to listen to my body, listen to my heart and soul, see where I am in my life. I would like to have children so obviously that will be a considering factor in how long I play, how I do things. But yeah, let’s look forward to 2021, and then hopefully 2022, and then let’s see where we are!”

Many of Konta’s peers have managed to balance motherhood with professional tennis without having to pull the plug on their careers. At this year’s US Open, three out of the four women’s semi-finalists were mothers – Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Tsvetana Pironkova. Although the world No.14 admits she is yet to see herself following in their footsteps.

“It’s definitely a pathway that is becoming more walked and more stabilised and trailblazed by some really incredible women,” said Konta.“I don’t know if that is a path for me. I can’t say I ever imagine myself playing on tour as a mother. I am not closed to the idea. One thing I have worked very hard on my career is to stay quite open to things around me. But probably I’d see myself retire and then start a family.”

Last Month Konta reunited with former coach Dimitri Zavialoff who guided her on the Tour in 2019. Zavialoff was the first coach of Stan Wawrinka. One of their aims for 2021 will be the Tokyo Olympic Games, which has been postponed by 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Konta will be bidding to become the first British female player to win a medal at the Games since 1924.

“It would mean so much to me to be part of Team GB again. I remember going to Rio in 2016. I was feeling tired and thinking ‘There is no prize money, there are no points, what’s the point?’ I was being a bit of a brat for sure. But I remember getting off the plane with Heather (Watson), seeing buses full of athletes in their national tracksuits, and I got completely sucked in. I was on cloud nine for those two weeks,” she commented.

Konta has won three WTA titles so far in her career with her most recent triumph occurring at the 2017 Miami Open. She has made just over $9.7 million in prize money.

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Felix Auger Aliassime leads the ATP Next Gen Race to Milan

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Felix Auger Aliassime rose to the top of the ATP Next Gen Race to Milan after strong performances at Wimbledon, Cincinnati and at the uS Open. 

 

After reaching the quarter final at Wimbledon the Canadian player advanced to the last eight at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas. It was the second time he reached the quarter final in a Masters 1000 tournament. 

At the US Open the 21-year-old Canadian player edged Roberto Bautista Agut in a five-set match before beating Frances Tiafoe to reach the semifinals. Auger Aliassime became the first Canadian player to reach the semifinals at the US Open in the tournament history and the youngest player since Juan Martin Del Potro won the tournament in 2009. 

“I am happy with the level I have been playing at times, with the results I have had. It’s a positive week. Things are moving in the right direction”, said Auger Aliassime. Carlos Alcaraz has become the fourth player to secure a spot in the Next Gen ATP Finals after Auger Aliassime, Jannik Sinner and Sebastian Korda. Alcaraz became the youngest US Open quarter finalist in the Open Era after scoring an upset third-set win over Stefanos Tsitsipas. The player coached by Juan Carlos Ferrero also won the ATP 250 title in Umag and reached the semfinals in Marbella and Winston Salem.

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Liudmila Samsonova sets up semifinal against Jelena Ostapenko in Luxembourg

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Liudmila Samsonova upset this year’s Olympic champion Belinda Bencic 6-1 6-4 with three breaks of serve to reach her third semifinal of the season at the Luxembourg Open. 

 

Samsonova broke twice in the second and sixth games to win the first set 6-1. The Russian player claimed the second set 6-1 with a break in the third game and sealed the win on her first match point. 

Samsonova beat Bencic for the second time this season after beating the Swiss player in the final of the WTA grass tournament in Berlin. 

Bencic dropped serve three times in her first tournament since reaching the quarter finals at the US Open where she lost to eventual champion Emma Raducanu. 

Samsonova will face 2019 Luxemburg Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, who edged past Alizé Cornet 7-6 (8-6) 6-2. Ostapenko improved her winning streak to 8-0. Ostapenko went down a break twice in the first set. Cornet earned a chance to serve for the set at 5-4, but Ostapenko did not face any set point. Ostapenko saved the first set point in the tie-break before earning the mini-break to win the tie-break 8-6. Ostapenko broke twice in the third and seventh games to win the second set 6-2. 

Marketa Vondrousova completed the semifinal line-up with a 7-5 6-2 win over number 2 seed Elise Mertens after 1 hour and 37 minutes. Mertens broke serve in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. Vondrousova won four consecutive games with two breaks to take a 7-5 lead. The Czech player broke twice in a row in the third and fifth games to win the second set 6-2. 

Clara Tauson broke twice in each set to beat Marie Bouzkova 6-3 6-2. 

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Venus Williams Explains Met Gala Photo With Maria Sharapova

The former world No.1 says she and her sister Serena have ‘respect and love’ for Sharapova.

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Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams at the 20201 Met Gala (image via Instagram)

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams says there are no hard feelings between her, her sister Serena and Maria Sharapova after the trio took a photo together at the Met Gala.

 

The former world No.1s was seen smiling and laughing together at the New York fundraising event with both of the Williams sisters uploading a photo of them all on their Instagram story. Prompting surprise from some fans considering the at times icy rivalry between Serena and Sharapova that dates back to the 2004 Wimbledon Championships.

In her 2017 autobiography, Unstoppable: My Life So Far, Sharapova mentioned Serena’s name more than 100 times. She says the American hated her for beating her at Wimbledon that year and that the two were ‘not friends.’

“What I heard when I came in to the locker room was Serena Williams bawling,” Sharapova wrote.
“Guttural sobs. I got out as quickly as I could, but she knew I was there.
“I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds … I think she hated me for seeing her at her lowest moment.
“But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. She’s never forgiven me for it.”

Responding to the claims, Serena hit back at the book in 2018 by describing it as ‘hearsay’ and said she never had any ‘negative feelings’ towards Sharapova. The two clashed on the Tour no fewer than 22 times with Serena winning 20 of those meetings.

“So I don’t have any negative feelings towards her, which again, was a little disappointing to see in that hearsay book,” Williams commented back in 2018. “So I have always, you know, and especially having a daughter, like, I feel like negativity is taught. One of the things I always say, I feel like women, especially, should bring each other up.”

Three years later and it now seems that all parties have put their disagreements behind them. At the Met Gala they were seen getting on pretty well. Besides posing for a photo together, they were also seen together in the bathroom at the event. A photo taken by pop star Anitta and rapper Saweetie which showed them in the background.

Speaking about the event for the first time, 41-year-old Williams said she wishes Sharapova was still playing before adding that they still ‘respect and love’ each other.

“First of all, Serena and I were talking about Maria the day before,” the 41-year-old explained on Instagram.
“We were like, ‘Damn, I wish Maria was still playing.’
“And we saw her, and we both told her separately, ‘Oh my gosh, we were just talking about you yesterday, we wish you were still on tour.’
“We were so happy to see each other. There was hugs, there was laughing, there were stories, and there was a photo.
“So the backstory is that even though us players compete really hard of the court for years, we still respect and love each other, and love Maria
.”

Williams, Serena and Sharapova have won a total of 35 Grand Slam singles titles between them.

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