Wimbledon 2018: Johanna Konta loses to Dominika Cibulkova after Katie Boulter defeat
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British primary Johanna Konta says she nonetheless “desires” of successful Grand Slams regardless of exiting Wimbledon within the second spherical.
Konta, seeded 22nd, saved 4 match factors earlier than shedding 6-Three 6-Four to Slovak former world quantity 4 Dominika Cibulkova, who missed out on a seeding on the expense of Serena Williams.
Konta has slipped down the world rankings after a career-high fourth final summer time, however stated: “I am enhancing. In the end these outcomes will come.”
She added: “If they do not, they do not. However I am pleased with the place I’m in my profession and with the work I am doing.
“I play the game to compete and to compete arduous, to go deep into tournaments, attempt to make it to the tip and win titles. That is what I need to do.
“Clearly I dream of successful Grand Slams. However each title is a chance to win it.”
Konta has reached two Grand Slam semi-finals, attending to the final 4 at Wimbledon final 12 months and on the Australian Open in 2016.
Konta’s loss means there aren’t any British girls left within the singles after Katie Boulter’s defeat earlier on Thursday.
Boulter, 21, misplaced 6-Three 6-Four to world quantity 18 Naomi Osaka on Court docket Two.
Japan’s Osaka, 20, received in 78 minutes and can now face 2016 finalist Angelique Kerber, who beat Claire Liu 3-6 6-2 6-4.
Konta will drop out of the world’s prime 40 when the newest rankings are launched after Wimbledon, having did not emulate her memorable run on the All England Membership final 12 months.
The 27-year-old got here into the match ranked 24th after struggling for constant type since shedding to Venus Williams at SW19 12 months in the past.
Kyle Edmund is the one Briton left within the males’s or girls’s singles. He faces 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic within the third spherical on Saturday.
Konta outclassed by flawless Cibulkova
Konta performed as powerful an opponent as she might have confronted at this stage of the match, towards two-time quarter-finalist Cibulkova.
Seven-time champion Williams was seeded 25th by the All England Membership regardless of dropping down the rankings after giving delivery final 12 months.
Cibulkova, the world quantity 32, referred to as that call “unfair” because it meant she needed to face a seed – and final 12 months’s semi-finalist at that – at the very least a spherical sooner than she would have accomplished in any other case.
Earlier than the match, the 29-year-old stated she needed to overlook concerning the controversy – and she or he did precisely that in a targeted efficiency.
She is without doubt one of the most energetic gamers on the WTA Tour and set about dismantling Konta’s recreation after a affected person begin.
Neither participant mustered a break level till the sixth recreation, Konta main 30-Zero earlier than Cibulkova turned it round to take the one break of the primary set.
Cibulkova broke once more early within the third recreation of the second set, with Konta complaining to the chair umpire on the changeover – apparently about Cibulkova leaping and bouncing on the baseline because the Briton served.
Konta regained focus with a maintain to like within the subsequent, then spurned an opportunity to interrupt earlier than Cibulkova reasserted her dominance.
Konta saved 4 match factors in a tricky service recreation at 3-5 within the second set, ultimately holding earlier than Cibulkova took her fifth match level to win in 78 minutes.
Boulter edged out by scientific Osaka
Boulter has made nice strides prior to now 12 months, climbing up the world rankings to a career-high 122, and is about to edge nearer to the highest 100 after beating Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg within the first spherical.
However Osaka, one of the vital highly effective gamers on the tour, was a distinct proposition.
The 18th seed received her first WTA title on the prestigious Indian Wells this 12 months, backing that up together with her first win over Serena Williams in Miami.
Boulter, a former top-10 junior, stated she wouldn’t really feel any stress as a result of she was the “underdog”, and it confirmed as she put up a combat towards her proficient opponent.
4 break factors got here and went for the Briton within the first recreation of the match, Osaka producing a 114mph first serve for benefit and one other of 113mph to carry serve.
That was the story of the match as Boulter was unable to take her probabilities and Osaka ramping up the facility when it mattered.
Osaka took each of her break factors on her approach to successful the opening set in 37 minutes, whereas Boulter might convert solely one among her eight break factors within the match.
Boulter missed three break factors in Osaka’s opening service recreation of the second set, permitting Osaka to take a 4-2 lead and serve out to win.
However Boulter felt she confirmed indicators of enchancment following a 6-1 6-2 defeat by the 18th seed within the Birmingham Basic a fortnight in the past.
“It actually confirmed me the place I must be, what I have to do to get there,” she stated.
“It is a very clear factor for me and my staff to see somebody like that, to play towards somebody of that calibre. It is very inspiring to be two weeks later a lot nearer to her, truly feeling like I am within the match, having an opportunity to win.
“I am trying ahead to having many extra matches towards individuals like that.”
In the meantime, former world quantity 27 Laura Robson says she has undergone profitable hip surgical procedure.
The 24-year-old Briton, who has fallen to 349th on the earth, has not performed a singles match since Could.
Alongside an image of herself in a hospital mattress, she wrote on Instagram: “Tacky thumbs up for a profitable hip surgical procedure. Most popular my outfits from earlier this week. Rehab prepared!”
Robson reached the fourth spherical of the US Open in 2012, and the identical stage at Wimbledon the next 12 months, however the former Wimbledon ladies’ champion has seen her profession interrupted by numerous accidents since.