The former Australian Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta says she is glad that things are looking up – quite literally – since she arrived in Melbourne last week.
Konta had performed an unusual double-withdrawal manoeuvre in Sydney last week, pulling out of two matches on successive days because of a frozen neck. But a change of geographical state, from New South Wales to Victoria, has been matched by a miraculous improvement in her health.
“It was quite unfortunate,” said Konta. “I was warming up before my final qualifying match and my neck just kind of seized up – I couldn’t turn left and I couldn’t look up so that made it particularly difficult to hit normal strokes and also serve.
“I got a lucky loser [meaning that someone pulled out of the main draw, clearing a space for her] but I was scheduled the next day and it wasn’t any better – and to be fair it wasn’t any better on the Tuesday either.
“It was just a bit of a random thing and unfortunate, but I can look up now! It’s pretty much almost completely normal. I can live with this. I’m very happy about that but you don’t realise how much you use your neck until you can’t use it.”