Johanna Konta guaranteed that she will end the year ranked inside the Top 10 following Wednesday's victory over Samantha Stosur at the Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai.
WTA Staff

ZHUHAI, China - Johanna Konta guaranteed that she will end the year ranked inside the Top 10 following Wednesday's victory over Samantha Stosur at the Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai.

Four weeks ago, Konta became the fourth Briton in WTA history to reach the Top 10 when she finished runner-up at the China Open, in Beijing. By winning her opening round-robin match in Zhuhai, she will remain among the elite until the year's end, becoming the first British player to do so for 33 years.

Jo Durie was the last to achieve the feat, when she finished 1983 ranked No.6, following in the footsteps of Grand Slam champions Virginia Wade (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979) and Sue Barker (1976, 1977, 1979).

For Konta, it is the latest accomplishment of a memorable campaign that has already seen her lift a maiden WTA title, in Stanford, and reach the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Last summer, a 16-match winning run, which began at a lowly ITF Circuit event in Granby, Canada, and ended in the second week of the US Open, sent Konta skyrocketing up the rankings and, more importantly, imbued her with a sense of belonging. Since then she has been a regular at the business end of tennis' showpiece events, runs at Stanford, Beijing, Montréal, Eastbourne, Miami and the Australian and US Opens cementing her place at the WTA's top table.

The 25-year-old has a work ethic rivalled by few on tour and unsurprisingly is now concentrating on taking the next step.

"I think [being in the Top 3] is what I dreamt of as a little girl. I dreamt of being No.1 in the world, being the best player out there," Konta said after her win over Stosur. "I think you got to put also dreams aside a little bit separate just because you got to focus on the work and you got to focus on things that you can control. That's the effort and attitude that I approach my job, what I do."