Britain’s Johanna Konta has never been in better form after bouncing ninth seed Garbine Muguruza in the second round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
The victory that booked Konta’s place in the third round of the year’s final Grand Slam was her 15th in succession, with her last loss coming at Wimbledon in June.
Since then, she has taken out a brace of ITF tour events at Granby and Vancouver, but the victory over Muguruza must rate the best scalp on the streak.
The 24-year-old broke a record in doing so, completing the longest women’s match in the tournament’s lengthy life in three hours and 23 minutes under conditions sweltering enough to cause Jack Sock to collapse during a concurrent match.
Yet the Australia-born right-hander’s excellent recent performances could see her make history of a more meaningful form soon enough…
Three years ago, Laura Robson became the first woman to reach the fourth round of the US Open since past semi-finalist Jo Durie did so in 1991.
Konta is an 8/5 underdog to emulate her compatriots at the expense of world number 18 Andrea Petkovic, who shouldn’t be overly intimidating considering the former’s recent conquering of the ninth-ranked Muguruza.
The Brit’s form is such that the bwin odd gurus have been speculating as to just how deep she can go in Queens.
In the wake of her victory over the Spanish Wimbledon 2015 finalist, the boys in black and gold go 12/1 about her becoming the first British women to reach a US Open quarter final since Durie’s run to the semis back in 1983.
Two-time Slam winner Petra Kvitova will likely be her rival for a last-eight berth, but that doesn’t necessarily imply Konta has no hope of landing the longer odds.
The towering Czech has never been beyond the fourth round in eight visits to Flushing Meadows.
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