Johanna Konta plays down home pressure


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Johanna Konta insists she doesn’t feel under extra pressure to perform at Wimbledon as one of the British contingent.

Konta, the 19th seed, comes up against two-time champion Petra Kvitova on Monday as she bids to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

The 29-year-old reached the semi-finals at SW19 in 2017 but then struggled for form in the majors with three first-round exits and three second-round defeats in her next six Slams.

However, Konta appears back to her best after reaching the last four at the French Open and she showed real quality in the previous round at the All England Club as she came from behind to overcome Sloane Stephens.

Kvitova will be Konta’s biggest test yet at Wimbledon and she is relishing the prospect of playing in front of a ‘home’ crowd on Monday as she insisted she doesn’t feel under any extra pressure as a British player at SW19.

“I never looked at it or approached this tournament as a burden, more just another great opportunity for me to do what I love and at home,” she said.

“Not everybody gets a home slam, not everybody gets home events. I am part of a very select few who get that opportunity, so I can only really be grateful for that.”

Konta is 17.00 to win Wimbledon outright and Kvitova is rated at 8.00.

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