French Open 2018: Johanna Konta loses to Yulia Putintseva in first spherical
|French Open 2018|
|Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 Might-10 June|
|Protection: Each day stay radio and textual content commentaries on BBC Radio 5 stay, the BBC Sport web site and app.|
British primary Johanna Konta’s struggles at Roland Garros continued as she misplaced within the French Open first spherical for the fourth successive 12 months.
The 22nd seed misplaced 6-Four 6-Three to Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva.
Konta spoke positively within the build-up about her skill on the pink clay, however made too many unforced errors in opposition to an opponent ranked 93rd on the planet.
Heather Watson, Britain’s solely different participant within the ladies’s draw, faces France’s Oceane Dodin on Monday.
“I by no means actually discovered my rhythm,” Konta mentioned. “I by no means actually discovered the best way I needed to play.
“And I feel, clearly, there’s a few of that to do together with her. I feel she performed fairly good.”
Konta pays worth for unforced errors
Konta’s inventory rose, alongside together with her rating, on the again of a beautiful grass-court season final 12 months, during which she reached the Wimbledon semi-finals.
However she has struggled to match these heights since, reaching only one quarter-final this 12 months, in Brisbane in January.
Though clay is the previous world quantity 4’s least favorite floor, she talked up her skill on the filth earlier than Sunday’s opening match and pointed to her report in French Open qualifying as a sign she will be able to carry out at Roland Garros.
This defeat, nevertheless, was much less to do with the floor and extra to do together with her aggressive, and generally wild, shot-making.
Konta made 32 unforced errors, in contrast with simply 22 winners, with one other unfastened backhand up the road considerably fittingly ending the match, in an hour and 24 minutes.
“Unforced errors, clearly, are a sign of not with the ability to discover your margins, which I clearly wasn’t in a position to,” Konta mentioned.
“In any other case, I feel I simply had a nasty match.”
Konta’s exit leaves Watson on her personal
Konta’s defeat leaves British quantity two Watson because the nation’s sole consultant left within the ladies’s draw.
The 26-year-old has endured a tough 12 months by way of outcomes, dropping eight matches in a row earlier than ending that run in Nuremberg final week.
“Aid was the overriding feeling as a result of I would not had a win on the WTA tour for some time,” Watson, who has dropped to 86th on the planet, advised BBC Sport.
“I wasn’t considering an excessive amount of concerning the run however the media was, and from that perspective it was good to get it off my again.
“I do not really feel like I used to be taking part in badly, simply issues weren’t clicking collectively.”
Watson has reached the French Open second spherical on 5 earlier events, with residence hope Dodin standing in the best way of a sixth opening success.
The tall French participant is ranked effectively under Watson at 133rd and has additionally struggled for type, profitable just one WTA Tour match this season and claiming only a handful extra on the ITF circuit.
Britain’s quantity three male participant Cameron Norrie is also in action on Monday, having certified for the primary draw of a Grand Slam for the primary time, and faces Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk.
Nice Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith on BBC Radio 5 stay:
Johanna Konta might be bitterly disillusioned with that efficiency. She gave so many free factors to Putintseva, who did play effectively.
When you hit 32 unforced errors with solely 22 winners, then that’s what occurs.
However I do not see a motive why Konta cannot turn into a very good clay-courter. She serves effectively on any floor, has highly effective groundstrokes and strikes very effectively. She was simply too offensive in opposition to Putintseva.