Johanna Konta is destined for the top says Serena Williams
The world No.2 has her eyes on this title and will not let anyone get in her way.
Williams was just too strong, too good and too experienced for Konta in the quarter-final and, despite trying to win without the aid of a first serve, she took only 75 minutes to remove Britain’s No1 6-2, 6-3.
“She tends to do really good in Australia,” said Williams, with the generosity of a winner. “With her game, I definitely see her as a future champion.”
Before the match, Konta had been looking forward to taking on the 22-time grand slam champion for the first time. And even after her loss, she was still enthusing about the encounter. Losing was not nice but playing Serena had been brilliant.
Johanna Konta was beaten by Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarter-finals
Serena Williams beat Johanna Konta in 75 minutes to move into the Australian Open semi-finals
“It was probably one of the best experiences of my life,” she said. “There’s so many things I can learn from that, so many things I can look to improve on, also to acknowledge some things that I did well.
“Credit to her, she played an almost perfect first set. I felt she really did incredibly well. She just showed – and shows – why she is who she is.”
Her new coach, Wim Fissette, was not surprised by the result and, all in all, he was not concerned by the defeat.
“I told Johanna after the match, the best Serena will win every match, we have to realise that,” he said.
“But on the other hand it’s a great lesson and it’s great to play a match against Serena at this stage. She can learn a lot from this match, a lot of good things, also a lot of things she can do better. The next match she will play Serena will be a different one.”
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