Britain’s Johanna Konta Credits Mind-Set for Her Rapid Rise

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Johanna Konta will be the first British woman in a Grand Slam singles semifinal since 1983.

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MELBOURNE, Australia — The last Australian-born player in this year’s Australian Open main draw engendered no exuberant bursts of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oy, Oy Oy” from the Rod Laver Arena crowd during her quarterfinal victory on Wednesday. As much as the local populace yearned to stake its claim to Johanna Konta, she is the Grand Slam title contender who got away.

Konta, who was born in Sydney to Hungarian parents, moved with her parents, a hotel manager and a dentist, to Britain when she was 14 for her career, not theirs. “It was their sacrifice for me,” she said.

At the time, Konta was a decent, if not heart-stopping, player, a description that she did not outgrow until last year. Ranked No. 148 at the end of 2014, Konta vaulted 100 places in 2015 on the strength of a 16-match winning streak that crested with a…

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