Konta looking ahead to Wimbledon full of confidence
For the first time in her career, a trip to Wimbledon comes with expectations for Johanna Konta, especially after her performances in Nottingham last week.
But if there were any thoughts about the pressure of the Championships taking a hit on her preparations, the British No.1 insists nothing could be further from the truth.
Last season saw Konta win a singles match at Wimbledon for the first time, reaching the second round at the fifth attempt thanks to victory over Monica Puig, as she finally put behind her a wretched record at her home major.
But, with Australian Open semi-final and quarter-final results from the past two years now on her copybook, the tide has changed for April's Miami Open champion.
A current No.8 world ranking gives Konta, who missed out on the chance of winning a first tournament on home soil on Sunday as she lost the final of the Nottingham Open to the unseeded Donna Vekic, the mantle of one of the favourites for a long run next month.
That's despite her early French Open exit – though the 26-year-old is adamant that is not a tag weighing her down in the Wimbledon countdown.
"I would have loved to be involved in the French Open longer than I was, but as the clay season went on I improved with every single match that I played," said Konta, speaking at the 2017 Jaguar Championships National Final at David Lloyd Raynes Park, on Saturday.
"But I enjoyed it, took a lot of positives out of it for my game with the way I was competing, and hopefully I'll be able to apply that for the grass season and the whole season in general.
"All I can do is give my best every day that I play, Wimbledon is no different to that – I go out there to compete, leave it all out there and just hope to be involved as long as possible.
"But so long as I felt that I grew as a player, however far that gets me, I'll be able to really look at that as a positive, so in that regard expectations are no different than before.
"Wimbledon holds a special place for us Brits, being at home, not many people get to do that so it's a great opportunity to play in front of a home crowd."
Konta's rise through the ranks is well-versed, becoming the first British female in more than 30 years to reach the world top ten – just 18 months after being ranked 150th in the world.
But, with three WTA tour singles titles as well as her Miami crown to celebrate, there's a feeling there is still more to come on the big stage.
That could come in the shape of a first Grand Slam quarter-final outside of Australia for the Sydney-born star, with her childhood dream still on its journey as opposed to its final destination.
She added: "I've always believed in my own ability. I had a dream since I was a little girl of being the best in the world, and that is something I seriously work towards so long as I'm playing.
"In that sense, it's not a surprise [progressing through the rankings], but at the same time it's not something I expected, it's somewhere in between.
"Miami was clearly a stepping stone in that, but it sits aside some of the losses – they shape me into being a better competitor.
"It's important to keep in mind there are a lot of great players out there. I believe in my own ability and the good things I bring to the court, but you have to recognise that you are playing against someone who has sacrificed just as much and is out there to win just like you."