The Australia-born star won her maiden WTA title in Stanford and ended the year as the first Briton since Jo Durie in 1983 to finish the season in the world's top 10. Now staying there - or improving - is the challenge.
With many points to defend, some believe Konta will feel the pressure in Melbourne but few players have been as good at "staying in the present" as the 25-year-old.
Sadly the mental guru she worked with, Juan Coto, died in the off-season, while Konta also opted to split from coach Esteban Carril. However, she is now with Wim Fissette, a man who helped guide Kim Clijsters to Grand Slam glory,
Konta began the new season with a run to the semi-finals in Shenzhen to show she's still in the winning groove and there appears every chance she will still be around come the second week once again.