The odds on Johanna Konta winning a Grand Slam title in 2017 have been slashed after she landed the Miami Open title.
The 25-year-old took the biggest title of her career at the weekend with victory over Caroline Wozniacki and is now up to number 7 in the world, and bookmakers have her as short as 7/2 to claim one of the majors this season.
“This is the biggest title of my career, it’s a monumental time, and it motivates me to keep trying to get better,” she said.
It’s a great moment not just for myself but also for my team, my family. The best way to describe it is as a pat on the back for all the hard work that has continuously been put in.”
Konta now has her sights set firmly on a Grand Slam crown and added: “I’ve always wanted to become a Grand Slam champion.
“To become the best in the world. Without that, the victories aren’t as sweet or the defeats as motivating.”
WilliamHill now list Konta at 7/2 for any Grand Slam, 14/1 for Wimbledon and even 40/1 for a British double – should Andy Murray win on the grass again.
“Just a few years ago we were 1000/1 for a British winner in the Ladies draw at Wimbledon,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
“Now we have realistic contenders in both draws and a British double at Wimbledon is 40/1.”