Johanna Konta ‘grown as a player’ since losing to Karolina Pliskova

British number one Johanna Konta says she has “grown as a player” since losing to Karolina Pliskova in May, as she prepares to face the Czech third seed in the US Open last 16 on Sunday.

The 27-year-old beat Konta in straight sets in the Italian Open final.
Konta, 28, has since reached the French Open semi-finals and made the last eight at Wimbledon, and has looked in good form so far at Flushing Meadows.
“I am looking forward to seeing how I can do a bit better,” Konta said.
The world number 16, who beat Chinese 33rd seed Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-3 in the last round, says she hopes to “ask some better questions this time around” against Pliskova.
They are second on Louis Armstrong Stadium with the match not expected to start before 17:30 BST.
“I like to think that I’ve grown as a player since Rome,” said Konta, who has dropped one set so far at this tournament.
“More than anything, its decision making and also probably in terms of when I play certain things or how I play certain things.
“I think just general awareness of being on court, just being aware of what my opponents are doing.”
She added: “I’m putting a lot of time and effort into being very open to the game when I’m out on court. I think that’s something that has been getting better for me.”

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