Serena Williams knocked Jo Konta out of the Australian Open today – and then claimed the British No1 is a future champion here.
But the American, who will reclaim the top spot in the rankings by winning an Open record 23rd Grand Slam on Saturday, was full of praise for Konta .
“She has been playing so well,” said Williams. “She won in Sydney. I have been watching her in the locker room and has been cleaning up her matches. She is definitely a future champion here for sure. I am just so happy to get through.”
Konta reached the semi-final here last year and won her last event at the Sydney International.
Williams won her 34th Grand Slam semi-final despite making only 45% first serves – and making her frustration clear on court.
“The main focus coming in was my serve although I missed a lot today,” said the six-time champion “I got a little frustrated, but I told myself, stop complaining. MORE HERE