Konta is trying not to worry about national pressure this summer

by: Matt Cronin | June 18, 2018

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Johanna Konta has slipped in the rankings, but she is starting to play a lot better. (AP)

Johanna Konta, Britain's top-ranked player, says that she will not allow extra pressure to affect her at Wimbledon.

Konta reached the semifinal in 2017, beating Simona Halep in the quarters before falling against Venus Williams. But the then-No. 7 did not go deep at a tournament again for the next 11 months, until this past weekend, when she lost to Ashleigh Barty in the final at Nottingham.

WATCH—Court Report on Johanna Konta's hunger for more success:

“The only person I'm accountable to is myself. The crowd here and people who come to watch want to see entertainment on the day,” Konta said. “That's what I hope to provide. It's a long way until Wimbledon. 

"I'm happy with how I've competed. I can take a lot of highs from that and keep building.”

Konta will next play in Birmingham and Eastbourne before Wimbledon.

The 27-year-old has slipped to No. 22, and she lost in the first round of the French Open.  

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