This proved to be the catalyst for a rapid ascent up the tennis ladder, a maiden WTA title, in Stanford, and deep runs at the Australian Open, Beijing, Montréal, Eastbourne, Miami and Zhuhai securing Konta a year-end ranking inside the Top 10 - the first Briton to achieve the feat since Jo Durie in 1983.
It is a list of accomplishments that saw Konta deservedly pick up the WTA's Most Improved Player Of The Year award. The 25-year-old, however, is no overnight success story.
"On paper I suppose it looks a lot different to how I experienced it, how my team experienced it; only because, although it may seem like a sudden rise, it was a lot of years of work put in. Years and years and years!" Konta told BT Sport's David Law during her final event of the year, in Zhuhai. "So really I didn't live through it as such a dramatic change."
Watch the full interview above to hear Konta discuss her remarkable journey and what the future may hold in store.