In Johanna Konta, Britain Finds Hope for End of Women’s Title Drought

In Johanna Konta, Britain Finds Hope for End of Women’s Title Drought

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But Konta is playing inspiring tennis lately, reaching milestones not touched by British women in decades, and all around her people are starting to believe that she has what it takes to follow Murray’s steely lead.

Murray, who also advanced the fourth round with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 victory on Friday over Fabio Fognini of Italy, believes in Konta, too.

“Jo has played extremely well the last 18 months,” Murray said. “She’s certainly good enough to win the tournament here.”

Murray is not alone. Although Konta is seeded only sixth, she has been elevated to the favorite by the local oddsmakers, in part because of her rising form on the court, and because the women’s field is devoid of a dominant player.

The two previous favorites, Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova, lost in recent days, and the defending champion Serena Williams, who is pregnant, did not enter the tournament.

As the expectations and pressure mount, Konta shrugs it off with a smile and answers questions about winning Wimbledon with the same equanimity with which she responds to queries about her favorite band, U2. She is also adept at volleying away…