In the Stanford Classic in California on Sunday, an impressive victory has been scored by the British No.1, Johanna Konta, on her first appearance in a WTA final, while defeating Venus Williams 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.
Since Sue Barker in 1977, Heather Watson became the first Briton to win a WTA title in 2012.
Konta was delighted with the victory, especially after given the standard of her opponent.
“It’s quite an incredibly humbling experience. It’s a validation of all the hard work you’ve already put in and a motivator on the things you want to keep improving on, and the lengths you might go to in order to become that much better at your discipline.
I’ve played her twice before and knew I’d be playing a magnitude of experience. Venus Williams doesn’t need an introduction, and I knew going into that I’d need to stay focused on myself and to be really grateful for the experience and try to learn from her within the match.”
Konta paid tribute to Williams, who was looking for her 50th career title:
“Quite honestly, you’d expect nothing less from a champion. They don’t give away any match, much less a final. It was her 80th, so you could only imagine the number of different situations that she’s already been in.
It was about keeping things in perspective, and understanding there’d be ebbs and flows in the match. Every single point was a battle, and I tried to win as many battles as possible. The simpler you keep things, the more clarity you have, and the less dumb you play.”