As a preview of 2018, Baseline is taking a look at all the Top 10 finishers from the ATP and WTA.
Johanna Konta made huge strides this season, despite an unexpected slump to close the year out. She won her second career title in Sydney, and then captured the biggest crown of her career in Miami with wins over Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki.
Moment of the Year
Konta's Grand Slam highlight of 2017 was making it to the semifinals of Wimbledon (even though she also won two titles, Miami and Sydney). In front of a home crowd at the All England Club, she ousted Halep in arguably the WTA match of the year.
Hot Shot of the Year
Konta needed to take her mental and physical strength up a few levels to capture her first WTA Premier Mandatory title in Miami. Her impeccable foot speed was on display in one of her biggest wins in Miami (over Venus Williams):
Outlook for 2018
The 26-year-old ended 2017 on a five-match losing streak dating back to Cincinnati. While she's shown she's more than capable of being a strong member of the Top 10, she needs to get back on track, fast. After splitting ways with Wim Fisette, Konta is working with Michael Joyce (Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka's former coach). Joyce will be able to help her regain her lost footing, and challenge for more titles, but not a major just yet.