Johanna Konta up to No 28 in new WTA world rankings
By Andy Swales
Last Updated: 01/02/16 7:49am
British No 1 Johanna Konta has risen to No 28 in the latest WTA world rankings, following her run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
Thanks to her exploits in Melbourne, the 24-year-old has leapt 19 places and her new position gives her automatic entry to many WTA Tour events over the coming weeks.
And if she remains in the top 32 ahead of the French Open, she will be seeded at Roland Garros in May.
However, Konta has been forced to pull out of Great Britain's Fed Cup fixtures later this week in Israel.
Konta said in a statement: "After having consulted with two doctors, my coach, physio and the LTA, unfortunately I will have to withdraw from the upcoming Fed Cup in Israel.
"I have been advised by the doctors that playing there would jeopardise an ongoing intestinal issue that got progressively worse through the Australian Open.
"This comes as a big disappointment to me and I regret not being able to play. I have represented GB every time I have been asked to and fully intend to play again given the opportunity in the future."
Britain, captained by Judy Murray, have been drawn in the same Euro/Africa Zone Group as Georgia and South Africa.
I have been advised by the doctors that playing there would jeopardise an ongoing intestinal issue
Konta's conqueror at Flinders Park, Angelique Kerber of Germany who went on to win the tournament, is now the new world No 2 behind Serena Williams who she beat in Saturday's final.
British No 2 Heather Watson has dropped to No 85 in the list.