US Open 2019: Johanna Konta sees positives despite quarter-final defeat

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By Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows
British number one Johanna Konta says she has"a lot to smile about" after her newest Grand Slam bid ended in a US Open quarter-final conquer.
Konta made the last eight to get a third Grand Slam, however, dropped 6-4 6-4 into Elina Svitolina at New York.
The world number 16 attained the Wimbledon quarter-finals and the French Open semi-finals earlier this season.
"It is wonderful to feel that I have still got space to just get better from the sport," Konta, 28, said.
According to her Grand Slam outcome, she added:"It is the best I have done so far in my profession so there is a great deal to be proud of that.
"It is just part of the game – just 1 person ends up not losing, everyone else does lose sooner or later."
Konta dropped out of this world's leading 50 and again at the end of April after a disappointing start to the summer.
However, a fine clay-court season culminated in a jolt run to the French Open last four – at odds with her prior variant on the surface – and she backed that up with further runs deep runs in the US Open and Wimbledon.
She couldn't replicate her last-16 win over Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova from Ukrainian planet number five Svitolina, that outclassed her on Tuesday Arthur Ashe Stadium.
"Clearly, I wanted to go 1 step further and be in the semi-finals along with the closing, and lifting the trophy," Konta stated.
"I believe I definitely will need to check at the good things I did, the very amazing matches I played and the difficult opponents I conquer and take great things in the tough opponent who I lost to.
"The season isn't finished, I am pleased with the way I believe I'm getting better throughout the season.
"I feel like I'm evolving and growing and just advancing."
Her performance at Flushing Meadows will be very likely to lift her to 11th place from the world rankings when they're released next Monday and if she can continue her good shape over the upcoming few weeks she could still stake a claim for a debut place in the WTA Finals – the season-ending tournament for the year's best eight players at Shenzhen, China.
"I'd like for that to be part of my program," Konta said. "But there are so many moving factors for this. So many things are contingent on how other folks do."
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