Johanna Konta ended a 32-year wait on October 8, 2016 by making sure she would break into the top 10.
Konta became the first British woman to accomplish the feat since Jo Durie in 1984, with Virginia Wade and Sue Barker being the only others to make the top 10 at the time.
Konta’s breakthrough came when he defeated the American Madison Keys, which sent her to the final of the China Open in Beijing.
“That’s pretty cool,” said the then 25-year-old. “I’m very happy with my progress over the last few years and I hope to climb many more places.”
A late developer, Konta placed well outside the top 100 last summer before embarking on a rapid rise that saw her reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2016 and win her first WTA Tour title at Stanford.
Arguably her best year came in 2017 when she won the biggest title of her career at the Miami Open and reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and the semifinals at Wimbledon while finishing fourth in the world.
After a slump in 2018, Konta bounced back the following year, achieving her best result by far on clay with a run to the semifinals at Roland Garros and then reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Her form faltered thereafter as injuries took their toll. Konta won another title in Nottingham in 2021 before retiring late last year.
Emma Raducanu emulated Konta earlier this year by breaking into the top 10 for the first time after ending her six-year tenure as Britain’s number one.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/british-madison-keys-american-beijing-lta-b2198292.html On this day in 2016: Johanna Konta ended the long wait for the top 10 Briton