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'Female Jason Bourne' Johanna Konta living her dream at Australian Open

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Konta: I'm the female version of Jason Bourne (0:15)

Sydney-born British citizen Johanna Konta, when asked about having both Australian and British affiliations, says, "Actually I am a tri-citizen. I've got a Hungarian passport as well." (0:15)

First it was Henman Hill, then it became Murray Mound -- but Johanna Konta isn't quite sure if the Aarongi Terrace outside Centre Court at Wimbledon will be getting a new name this summer after her Australian Open heroics.

"I mean, I can't think of anything starting with a J or K, so I don't know," she told a press conference, after beating Shuai Zhang to become the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for 33 years.

Quite a feat for a player who saw her funding for 2015 trimmed by the Lawn Tennis Association, a player who even considered quitting the sport. That was before she went on a remarkable run to the fourth round of the US Open, which saw her ranking catapult from No.150 to inside the top 50.

That ranking is now expected to rise to 28, and Konta has already guaranteed herself at least £392,000 in prize money. It must seem a world away from seeing her Spanish coach Esteban Carel and sports psychologist Juan Coto both take a voluntary pay cut last year to keep her career going.

This fortnight in Melbourne will already go down as historic in Britain, whatever Konta achieves, with Andy Murray also playing his part by beating David Ferrer in four sets later on Wednesday.

Not since December 1977, when John Lloyd and Sue Barker both reached the last four in Melbourne, has Britain been represented in the men's and women's singles semifinals of a Grand Slam.

Add into that mix Jamie Murray reaching his third consecutive doubles semifinal, this time with new Brazilian partner Bruno Soares, and Jamie's fellow Scot Gordon Reid beating world No.1 Shingo Kunieda in the wheelchair singles.

It could all have been so different, though, had Sydney-born Konta not moved with her parents to Britain at the age of 14.

"Actually I am a tri-citizen. I've got a Hungarian passport as well," she said. "Just add that into the mix, guys. I mean, I'm pretty much the female version of Jason Bourne."

All jokes aside, she has no doubts about her identity. "I definitely belong to Great Britain."

After leaving Australia, Konta had initially trained at the Sanchez-Casal Academy -- just like Murray -- but her parents decided they did not want to be on the other side of the world from their daughter.

Being Hungarian passport holders, they decided to move closer and base themselves in Britain in order to support their daughter's tennis career. "It was their sacrifice for me."

Konta joined them shortly thereafter. "After a period of time I wasn't really enjoying it in Spain anymore and I just moved home with them to the U.K."

That sacrifice is now paying off in spades with Konta set to face Angelique Kerber -- who stunned two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets -- tomorrow for a place in the final.

Before this fortnight, Konta, 24, had never even played in the main draw of the tournament, and her only experience of Rod Laver Arena -- before shocking Venus Williams in the first round -- was practising there for Under-12 nationals at Melbourne Park before her move abroad.

Just how has she improved so much? "That's a deep question. I think it really comes down to a number of things," she said. "Really understanding why I was playing the sport and really finding my enjoyment within the sport, really separating that enjoyment from results was a huge factor.

"Because if you live and die with your wins and losses, it's an incredibly tough lifestyle to live. So really separating myself from that gave me a lot of enjoyment and perspective. And actually, the fact that I hit a yellow ball across the net in some lines gave me some peace also, to realize that I am also working on myself for post tennis.

"I'm going to have a whole -- there is a whole rest of my life once I retire from tennis, whenever that may be. Hopefully not for a number of years. Hopefully I stay nice and healthy. I'm just really honest with myself and put things in perspective."

It is a remarkably measured approach from someone living every young player's dream.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly humble and grateful for the position that I'm in," Konta added. "Trust me, I understand how much this means to my family, to the people that have stuck by me through years and years and years of ups and downs.

"But in terms of what it means to me, I'm just so happy that I'm enjoying what I'm doing. That is me living my dream. When I was a little girl I dreamt of winning Grand Slams and being No.1 in the world. That dream stays the same as long as you're doing the career that you're on. It would be silly for that to change."