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Johanna Konta can be world No1 in Serena’s absence, says Andy Murray

The Guardian
Thursday 20 April 2017 23:29

• Murray backs fellow Briton to continue her rise up the WTA rankings
• ‘If she steps up her game there’s no reason she can’t get close to the top’Andy Murray believes Johanna Konta can join him as No1 in the world this summer – perhaps when he defends his Wimbledon title – while Serena Williams leaves the Tour to have her first child.Murray said Konta, who is playing for Great Britain in the Fed Cup in Romania this weekend, is among a handful of contenders who can realistically wonder about replacing the American. Williams revealed on Wednesday she is 20 weeks into her pregnancy and due to give birth in August. Murray, whose own grip on the men’s crown was weakened in a surprise defeat here on Thursday but has just about a big enough lead to hold off the challenge of Novak Djokovic, believes Konta “has a good chance” in a fragmented field, having risen to No7 in the world when she beat Caroline Wozniacki in Miami this month. Related: Serena Williams’s pregnant victory reminds us how amazing women’s bodies are | Natasha Henry Related: Johanna Konta announces her arrival at the next level of her sport | Kevin Mitchell Related: Johanna Konta: ‘You’re going to go through phases of hating the sport’ Continue reading...

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