The Australia-born British number one kick-started her career on the grasscourts last summer and made an impression at the highest level when she won six straight matches at Flushing Meadows, including victories over seeds Garbine Muguruza and Andrea Petkovic.
She has climbed the rankings virtually ever since.
Konta bettered her US Open run at this year's Australian Open when she became the first Briton since Jo Durie in 1983 to reach a Grand Slam semi-final, only losing to the eventual champion Angelique Kerber.
Konta, who won her first WTA title title and came within one win of a top-10 ranking earlier this summer, has a strong serve, while her forehand has improved beyond recognition in the past year or so.
She credited much of last year's success for her work with a sports psychologist but now it is she who is inside the mind of her rivals and it would be no great surprise to see the Briton back in the latter stages and challenging the very best.