Konta aims to go even higher

07 December 2017 22:12:36 GMTPlus11

Johanna Konta is eager to improve on her form of 2017 next year and has hired Michael Joyce as her new coach for the job of making the jump to the next level.

The 26-year-old world number nine reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and the semi-finals of Wimbledon earlier this year, before a combination of injury problems and poor results saw her miss out on a place at the WTA Finals.

However, Konta is now back to full fitness and is raring to go in the New Year, especially now she has the experienced Joyce on board.

A statement from Konta read: "Michael is a fantastic coach with a great pedigree and I'm really excited to work with him. 2017 has been amazing, but I feel like there is so much more to come.

"Our first tournament together will be the Brisbane International and the plan is for Michael to travel with me full-time throughout 2018."

American Joyce has previously coached both Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, helping the former to two of her five Grand Slam singles titles.

Meanwhile, Konta can be backed at 15.00 to win the Australian Open early next year, with Karolina Pliskova priced at 9.00 and Sharapova available at 10.00.

Konta made the last eight in Melbourne just under 12 months ago, before being beaten by Serena Williams. A year earlier she made the semi-finals Down Under, where she lost out to Angelique Kerber.

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