A year ago British number one Johanna Konta was on the verge of something very big, having made it to the 2017 Wimbledon semi-final and reached the dizzy heights of number 4 in the world rankings. However, having been unable to reproduce her best form since then, her world ranking has slipped back to 22. As a result she now finds herself in the perilous position of dropping out of the world’s top 50. Unless she can have some success at Wimbledon, which provided her with almost half of her ranking points over the past 12 months but which will be wiped once the tournament begins, leaving her under pressure to replenish them by getting through a few rounds. Recent signs, however, have been encouraging, despite losing in the final at Nottingham, and accompanying her narrow defeat to Ashleigh Barty with an angry outburst aimed at the umpire, whom she described as “a joke.” Konta now heads to her home town of Eastbourne for the Nature Valley International, where she will hope to continue her preparation for Wimbledon 2018, whilst also breaking her recent habit of losing from winning positions against elite players.