Konta’s incredible rise continues
British number one Johanna Konta has beaten Venus Williams 7-5 5-7 6-2 to win her first WTA title in Stanford, California..
The 25-year-old is the first Briton to win a WTA title since Heather Watson won in Osaka four years ago.
Sue Barker was the only previous British winner of the Bank of the West Classic when she beat Virginia Wade in the 1977 final.
Konta, who was ranked 147 in the world last June, will rise to a career high of 14 in the new world rankings after defeating the seven-time Grand Slam champion.
“It’s quite an incredibly humbling experience,” said Konta.
“It’s a validation of all the hard work you’ve already put in and a motivator on the things you want to keep improving on, and the lengths you might go to in order to become that much better at your discipline.”