Konta aims for Wimbledon repeat
Johanna Konta believes that a full complement of warm-up tournaments will help her try to repeat her run to the semi-finals at Wimbledon last summer.
The 26-year-old British number one has committed herself to playing in the Nottingham Open, the Birmingham Classic and the Eastbourne International, as she aims to make the most of home comforts.
These tournaments provide me with the perfect pathway to Wimbledon.Johanna Konta
Last summer Konta also played in all three tournaments, reaching the final in Nottingham and the semi-finals in Eastbourne, before going on to make the last four at SW19.
And Konta, who suffered a second-round exit at the recent Australian Open, has high hopes that she can repeat her fine show of 2017 on the grasscourts of England.
She said: "The grass-court season is one of my favorites and nothing compares to competing at home with passionate fans, friends and family who are behind you all the way.
"I know I'm incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd and especially in Eastbourne, where my family home is just a stone's throw away from Devonshire Park. It's such a special feeling.
"These tournaments also provide me with the perfect pathway to Wimbledon.
"Last year it proved to be the best preparation possible, as I enjoyed my most successful Wimbledon ever - hopefully it will have the same effect for 2018."
Konta is currently priced at 28/1 to win Wimbledon in the summer, with defending champion Garbine Muguruza 8/1 and Serena Williams 6/1.
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