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From Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows
British number one Johanna Konta says she’s”a lot to smile about” after her latest Grand Slam bid finished in a US Open quarter-final conquer.
Konta produced the last eight to get a third Grand Slam, but lost 6-4.
The entire world 16 attained the Wimbledon quarter-finals as well as the French Open semi-finals before this year.
“It’s great to believe that I have still got space to just get better in the game,” Konta, 28, explained.
Determined by her Grand Slam outcome, she added:”It is the best I have done up to now in my career so there is a lot to be proud of there.
“It is only part of the game – only one person ends up not dropping, everybody else does shed sooner or later.”
Konta nearly dropped out of this world’s top 50 towards the end of last year and again in the end of April after a disappointing start to the season.
However, a fine clay-court season culminated at a jolt run four – at odds with her variant on the surface – and she backed that up with additional runs deep runs in the US Open and Wimbledon.
She couldn’t replicate her last-16 win over Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova against Ukrainian world number five Svitolina, that outclassed her Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday.
“Obviously, I wanted to go one step further and maintain the semi-finals and the final, and lifting the prize,” Konta said.
“I think I definitely will have to look at the fantastic things I did, the amazing matches I played with and the hard competitions I conquer and take great things in the really tough competition who I dropped to.
“The season is not finished, I am pleased with how I feel I’m getting better during the season.
“I feel like I’m evolving and growing and just advancing.”
Her performance at Flushing Meadows is likely to lift her to 11th position in the world rankings when they are published next Monday and when she could continue her great shape over the next few months she could bet a claim to get a debut place at the WTA Finals – the season-ending championship for the year’s best eight players in Shenzhen, China.
“I would like for that to be part of my program,” Konta explained. “However, there are many moving variables for this. So many things depend on how other people do.”
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