Konjuh was 15 when she received the Australian Open and the US Open junior singles titles in 2013. Three days after turning 16 she beat then world quantity 14 Roberta Vinci in her WTA most important draw debut.
She reached the 2016 US Open quarter-finals and broke into the highest 20 the next yr however by no means reached her full potential after present process 4 elbow surgical procedures.
The world quantity 338, who obtained a wildcard to the WTA 1000 occasion in Miami, received three consecutive WTA most important draw matches this week – for the primary time since reaching the fourth spherical at Wimbledon in 2017.
Two of these got here in back-to-back matches in opposition to top-20 gamers, together with Saturday’s win over French Open champion Iga Swiatek.
“It has been irritating the previous couple of years, simply having been by all these surgical procedures and comebacks and simply by no means getting it proper,” the 23-year-old advised reporters. “So simply to be again, wholesome and to compete at this degree, it means quite a bit.”
Konjuh stated her love for the sport had helped her preserve going.
“In these key moments the place you are sick of all the pieces and also you’re simply questioning your self like ought to I am going again and is it value it and what not, I simply remembered why I began enjoying this sport and why I like it a lot.
“So, I made a decision I am not going to cease till I do all the pieces there may be.”
Konjuh believes she will be able to climb again to the highest.
“That saying ‘What does not kill you makes you stronger’ is form of true,” Konjuh stated.
“I simply needed to be mentally robust as I used to be earlier than and simply having that new degree of my recreation … I’ve to maintain evolving, preserve bettering.”