sport news Johanna Konta set to make history at the French Open:

Johanna Konta has become the first British woman in 36 years to reach the semi-finals of the French Open and stands to pocket a whopping £3.5million if she wins. 

The British No 1 beat American Sloane Stephens to get through to her third Grand Slam semi, and if she reaches Saturday’s final, she will go one better than Brit Jo Durie, the last woman to achieve the feat in 1983.

But will she achieve the same success as Sue Barker, the last British finalist to lift the trophy in 1976?

As the 28-year-old gears up to play unseeded Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova on Thursday, here’s a look back at her life and amazing career so far.

Johanna Konta was born in Australia but switched allegiance to Great Britain when she was granted British citizenship in May 2012

Johanna Konta was born in Australia but switched allegiance to Great Britain when she was granted British citizenship in May 2012

Who is Johanna Konta?  

Johanna Konta was born on 17 May, 1991 to Hungarian parents in Sydney, Australia.

Her mother Gabriella is a dentist and her father Gabor is a hotelier.

She first started playing tennis when she was eight years old, inspired by her hero, former German tennis player Steffi Graf, who won 22 Grand Slams in her career.

The aspiring tennis star moved to the UK in 2005 when she was 14, and the family settled in Eastbourne on the south coast.

By this point she was already training at the prestigious Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, which has produced more than 20 Grand Slam winners.

Konta turned professional in May 2008 shortly before her 17th birthday. This was when she won her first singles ITF title at a $10,000 tournament in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She commented afterwards: ‘The best is yet to come.’  

She represented Australia until 2012 - winning three singles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as  11 singles and four doubles titles on the ITF Women’s Circuit.

When she was granted British citizenship in May 2012, she switched allegiance to Great Britain. 

A young Konta celebrates after beating Hungarian Timea Babos in the 2012 US Open - her first career win at Grand Slam level

A young Konta celebrates after beating Hungarian Timea Babos in the 2012 US Open - her first career win at Grand Slam level

Turning pro and Wimbledon debut

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