June 12, 2021
Jo Konta showed exquisite timing when she reached the Nottingham final on grass.
She overcame Nina Stojanovic 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 7-5 to reach the showpiece at the Wimbledon warm-up.
The British woman regularly thrills at Wimbledon, but has struggled for form this year.
Now Konta has found her rhythm and spark in time for Wimbledon 2021!
And that’s great news for British fans as they make their plans for the greatest tournament of them all.
In a way Konta’s resurgence is the final piece in the jigsaw.
Wimbledon spectators already had Andy Murray’s return to look forward to. They also had Roger Federer and Serena Williams to savour, probably for the last time as title contenders.
And of course the new superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas is guaranteed to excite everyone at the All England Club with his power and charisma. Teenager Coco Gauff, the big surprise of 2019, is also playing great tennis once more.
The British supporters have a Roland Garros champion in Joe Salisbury, who also won the Australian Open last year. So they have a realistic chance of silverware in the Wimbledon 2021 doubles too.
But Jo Konta has been a great heroine and source of entertainment at Wimbledon over the years.
She had almost gone missing recently. Now she is very much back with a bang!
Konta had felt a little flat playing without crowds. After reaching the final, she explained just how much spectators mean to her.
Jo said in Nottingham: ‘You are literally the biggest crowd I have played in front of in a long time. It feels like a full on, full Arthur Ashe. It’s great to be playing at home, on grass.’
Imagine her response to the electric atmosphere on Wimbledon’s historic Centre Court in a few weeks, then!
Wimbledon 2021 will now have everything. Incredible drama for everyone.
We just can’t wait. How about you?
Meanwhile over in Paris, rising Czech star Barbora Krejcikova became French Open ladies’ champion when she beat Anastasia Pavlychenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.
She paid immediate tribute to a Wimbledon legend, Jana Novotna, her late compatriot.
The Roland Garros winner said: ‘I was going through a hard time with Jana passing away and I was with her and pretty much her last words were “enjoy and go and win a Grand Slam,” and I feel she was looking after me.’
There is such deep emotion and such poignant drama in the world of tennis.
Will you be there for the cheers and tears at Wimbledon 2021? We hope so.