First-round exit for Konta at Roland Garros

Johanna Konta suffered more pain in Paris after another first-round exit at the French Open.

The British number one has still yet to win a main draw match at Roland Garros after bowing out meekly to Yulia Putintseva, the world number 93.

It was another hugely disappointing performance from Konta, who pre-tournament had insisted she has the game to be a success on clay.

An unforced error count of 32 suggested otherwise as Putintseva ran out an ultimately comfortable 6-4 6-3 winner.

The 23-year-old from Kazakhstan joins the similarly unheralded Julia Gorges and, from last year, the then world number 109 Hsieh Su-wei in sending Konta crashing at the first hurdle.

Putintseva can be a feisty, chuntering player who gets under her opponent’s skin, but she did not need to resort to any such antics to knock Konta out of her stride.

Konta had won the first 10 points on her own serve, albeit while getting little change from Putintseva’s.

But having fended off break points at 3-3 Konta’s serve then failed her twice, crucially to gift Putintseva the first set.

Breaks were shared at the start of the second but that was as good as it got for Konta.

When she failed to put away a routine smash and two shots later saw the ball flash past her for a crucial break at 3-1, she knew her Paris hopes were all but over for another year.

Putintseva duly served out for the match to condemn Konta to another early departure.

- Press Association


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