Johanna Konta pleased with progress despite China Open defeat


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Johanna Konta admits she is pleased with the way her game has developed over recent years, despite losing in the final of the China Open to Agnieszka Radwanska on Sunday.

The British number one was bidding to secure her second WTA title, following her maiden triumph at the Stanford Classic in July, but she could not defeat her experienced opponent, who ran out a 6-4 6-2 victor at the National Tennis Center in Beijing.

Konta, who will now become the first British woman to break into the top ten of the world rankings since Jo Durie achieved the feat in 1984, confirmed that she was not too disappointed to lose in the final, as she is delighted with the way her game is developing.

She said: “I’m very pleased with this week. I’m very pleased with my progress over the last few years and hopefully there is still many places to climb.”

The 25-year-old has also reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open and represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games during a successful 2016 season, and she hopes to continue her stride towards the top of the woman’s game over the coming years.

She continued: “But as of now, I’m really enjoying my journey and really enjoying working hard and really working towards playing matches like these against players like Agnieszka. Hopefully I will have many more in the future.”

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