The last time the number of bets placed on Konta have reportedly gained a massive increase was when she made it through to the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2017. She was the first British woman to do so since Virginia Wade in 1978.
She climbed to the fourth spot on the WTA world singles ranking and became the first British woman to win the Miami Open. However, Konta then went through a hard time, suffering some surprise losses. Her bad luck manifested in verbal abuse at the tennis court, a change of coaches, and injuries that came at the worst time (a foot injury and a hip injury forcing her to pull out of the Brisbane International and the Kremlin Cup, respectively).
But her recent exploits indicate that we are going to see Konta make a comeback. Her triumph over the legendary Serena Williams could be a key moment: “If this does not get her going, nothing will,” suggests The Guardian.
Konta’s victory was Serena Williams’ biggest defeat
On Aug 1, she met Williams in the Round of 32 of the San Jose tournament. Not many would have betted on Johanna Konta to beat the 23-time grand slam champion 6-1, 6-0, but this is exactly what happened.
Admittedly, Serena was not at her best, making an uncharacteristic number of forced errors. She later revealed that she was struggling with post-partum emotions. But her unfortunate disorientation would not have been enough in itself for Konta to win. Williams herself praised her opponents’ performance:
“I think she played well in the second set and I wasn’t sharp at all in the first set. She got confident and clearly ran away with it.”
While many were shocked by Serena’s defeat, Konta said that she had been working hard for this result: “I don’t believe in big bang moments, or magic moments where the fingers click and it all comes together. I believe in continuous hard work and everyday perseverance, putting in the work and trusting the process.” Konta, who is known for her humility, nevertheless described playing against Williams “a humbling experience.”
The British number one wants to keep making online sportsbook news in the UK. Making the most of her momentum, she has just beaten the champion of the 2017 French Open, Jelena Ostapenko, at the Rogers Cup in Montreal yesterday.
Johanna Konta’s current the odds
She has already written sports history by defeating Serena Williams
These victories indicate that Konta on a good day has what it takes to cause major upsets and even win tournaments. Should that happen, punters putting their trust in her will get immense rewards. Unibet Sportsbook, one of the best online betting sites in the United Kingdom, offers a 50/1 increase for bets on Johanna Konta to win the 2018 US Open. Her odds are somewhat shorter to become the champion of the other hard court Grand Slam tournament: the chances of her winning the Australian Open in 2019 are evaluated at 30/1.
The most likely scenario, according to online sportsbooks in the UK, is that she will keep her Rogers Cup momentum: bets on Johanna Konta to win the WTA Montreal 2018 tournament will be rewarded by a 25/1 increase.
Admittedly, Konta is still an inside bet, but she has the potential to turn the world of tennis on its head. She has already written sports history by defeating Serena Williams by such a wide margin and she could now very well continue with stealing important trophies.