British numberone Johanna Konta expects she is likely to be”better armed to deal with challenges on-court” after connecting up with fresh trainer Dimitri Zavialoff.

Konta hired Zavialoff on a lasting basis after reaching the Kremlin Cup semi finals at October while working with him on an effort.

She says that they have had a”very good preseason” that leaves her confident about her chances at 20-19.

“It is significantly more of a venture than I have had in previous training relationships”

Konta, who parted company with American trainer Michael Joyce at October, reached a career-high ranking of fourth in 2017 but goes in to the new year 37th.

“I think last season I did not have lots of quarter-final or semi final chances so getting to the conclusion of a tournament was unquestionably a fantastic sense to have in the last tournament of this year,” she said.

“We’ve been in this place many times, also it will not necessarily guarantee that it kicks off well, but that I feel I’ve had a very strong preseason in order that’s given me a fantastic chance to have a good overall 20-19.”

Frenchman Zavialoff has been Stan Wawrinka’s first trainer, and also helped Timea Bacsinszky break in the planet’s top .

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