Johanna Konta’s calm mantra allows her to make the best of herself again | Kevin Mitchell

The British No 1 can reach her first grand slam final with victory in Paris on Friday but even if she fails she is enjoying her tennis again and believes that is the reason for her resurgence

As Johanna Konta and her boyfriend, Jackson Wade, relax in their Paris apartment this week, watching “a whole bunch” of romcoms, the British No 1 is disarmingly relaxed. She has not indulged her passion for cake-baking on this trip – keeping her diet simple to conquer a cold – and she has rarely turned to her musical playlists.

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