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Australian Open 2018: Johanna Konta 'very close' to matching Maria Sharapova's will to win, says coach

From BBC - January 11, 2018

British number one Johanna Konta's will to win is "very close" to matching Maria Sharapova's, says her new coach.

Michael Joyce, who was a major part of Sharapova's team for six years, started working with Konta in November.

The American, who reached the top 100 as a player before going into coaching, told BBC Sport there are many similarities between the two women.

"The biggest thing with Maria for me was her will to win - Johanna's very close to that", the 44-year-old said.

Ninth seed Konta begins her Australian Open campaign against American Madison Brengle in the first round in Melbourne.

"It was one of the things that I talked to my wife about - I said she actually has a lot of similarities to Maria," Joyce added.

"Girls like that want to win so bad. For a coach, it's one of the best things we can ask for. However sometimes if you want things too bad, it can almost backfire too at times.

"Maria was like that: because they want to win so bad they are willing to keep working and do just about anything, and you have to be able to balance that as well."

Sharapova rose to world number one, and won both the US Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008 with Joyce as part of the team.

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