Britain's No. 1 Johanna Konta won't get a crack at Wimbledon this year, but she's still determined to win her home Slam. Konta recently opened up in an exclusive Hello! magazine feature.
"I love playing at Wimbledon and it has been my goal to win ever since I was a little girl," Konta said.
Konta has collected three WTA titles and was just two matches away from claiming the Wimbledon title in 2017. The deep run at the grass court major made her the first British woman to reach the semifinals since Virginia Wade in 1978.
"I feel sad that I won't be competing this year, but it hasn’t altered my determination to be a Grand Slam champion," Konta said. "I'll never stop striving for that."
Although her determination to win on tennis' biggest stages hasn't wavered, Konta admitted that quarantine and not being able to compete weighed on her mentally. Her boyfriend, 27-year-old photographer Jackson Wade, and her two dogs have been there to comfort her throughout these last few months.
"I dried my tears, adapted to a new routine and decided to crack on," the world No. 14 said.
As stay-at-home restrictions have loosened, the Brit has made her way back onto the court.
"It was the longest time I hadn't touched my racquet and it gave me a sense of relief and pure joy to be outside in the sunshine, enjoying what I love most: playing tennis," Konta said.
Konta may not have Wimbledon this year, but her next chance at becoming a Grand Slam champion is quickly approaching. In August, the US Open is set to be played under strict social distancing guidelines and without fans.