Martina Navratilova rates Johanna Konta’s latest win as she sets up Karolina Pliskova tie

Johanna Konta celebrated a win over Zhang Shuai (Picture: Getty)

Martina Navratilova gave Johanna Konta an ‘A+’ for her latest US Open win over Zhang Shuai and hailed the British No. 1’s ‘clariety’ of thought and ‘variety’ of shot making.

The 28-year-old Brit has looked unstoppable in the past two rounds, thrashing Margarita Gasparyan before her 6-2 6-1 win over China’s Zhang.

As was the case in the fourth round at Wimbledon – where she beat Petra Kvitova – Konta will meet a Czech in the fourth round, with third seed Karolina Pliskova lying in wait.

But she will head into the tie in confident mood, with Navratilova impressed with her instinctive display.

‘She looked great,’ Navratilova told Amazon. ‘Everything was working. I think she had a very specific game plan. She knew what she wanted to do so she had that clarity and she played with clarity. Everything was working her way.

Navratilova was impressed by Konta’s performance  (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

‘She made a few more unforced errors in that second set but overall the ratio was fantastic. She really went for the right shots at the right time and mixed things up. It was an A+ performance.

‘When you have more variety yourself, then you can handle the variety of opponents as well because then you have different options on different shots.

‘It seems like she’s playing more on instinct now, she knows what she wants to do and doesn’t have to think about it. Because of that I think she’s cut out the unforced errors.’

Karolina Pliskova will take on Konta next (Picture: Getty Images)

Konta lost her most recent meeting with Pliskova in Rome and is braced for another tough encounter when their paths cross once more in New York.

‘I think it’s guaranteed when you go on the court against Karolina that there’s going to be parts in the match, especially in the service games, when there’s not going to be much for you to do,’ Konta added. ‘So I think just going into the match with good tolerance.

‘Then overall bringing forward I also like to think that I’ve also even grown as a player since Rome, as well. I am actually looking forward to seeing how I can do a bit better, how I can just maybe ask some better questions this time around, yeah.’


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