Brit Konta celebrates top-20 berth with Nottingham win

The British no.1 has reached a career-high of 18th in the world in the latest WTA rankings.

Brit Konta celebrates top-20 berth with Nottingham win
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Britain's Johanna Konta continues her meteoric rise in the tennis world as the 25 year-old breaks into the top 20 for the first time, rising to 18th spot.

Konta becomes the first British woman to break into the world's top echelon, since Jo Durie in 1983.

Despite a First round elimination at the French Open two weeks ago to Julia Goerges, Sydney-born Konta has taken another step on her tennis odyssey.

Disappointing showing in Paris

Following a disappointing - if realistic - showing in just her second appearance at Roland Garros, Johanna Konta now approaches the grass court season with the hope of solidifying her rank via a consistent run, on what could become her most favoured surface. 

Konta laboured on the Paris clay at Roland Garros (photo:getty)
Konta laboured on the Paris clay at Roland Garros (photo:getty)

That began in earnest on Monday, with a First round win at the Aegon Championships in Nottingham. Eastbourne-based Konta defeated American Victoria Duval in straight sets 6-3, 6-0 as she aims for an inaugural title on grass.

Konta building to first SW19 win

The bigger aim for Konta this summer will be to finally record her first win at Wimbledon on the fourth attempt, following opening round exits as as wildcard in the last three years, to Jelena Jankovic, Peng Shuai and Maria Sharapova respectively.

Her vastly superior ranking and a potential seeding this time around, should make for a more favourable draw at SW19 this year.

Overall, Konta has risen almost 100 places in two and a half years, after ending 2013 ranked 112th.

After defeating then Wimbledon junior champion Belinda Bencic at Nottingham two years ago - to catapult Johanna Konta into the top 100 - the same tournament this season could be the next step, in her ever-improving game.

Konta will play world number 83, Saisai Zheng in round two - who she beat at the Australian Open in January - after beating fellow Briton Freya Christie 6-4, 6-2.