On a day that proved to be tricky for many, No. 9 seed and British No. 1 Johanna Konta would come to rue many missed opportunities as she was bundled out of Roland Garros in straight sets at the hands of Coco Gauff.
Gauff seemed more settled at the start, breaking Konta for a 3-0 lead and any opportunities that Konta was able to rustle up came and went like the gusts of wind blowing around the stadium from time to time. Her best chances came as Gauff was serving for the set, with two break point chances for Konta until the teenager got over the line on her sixth match point.
The second set saw a lot more shifts in momentum, with Konta going up an early break and then being pegged back. Gauff looked to be in complete control breaking Konta twice more but got tight while serving for the match, giving Konta a glimmer of hope, before Gauff broke for a fourth straight time to send last year’s semi-finalist packing.
After the match she admitted: “I think nothing was working consistently enough. I think I was trying to do good things, and I think I had kind of semi opportunities to try and kind of get something going, but I just didn’t find a good enough level to be able to kind of, I guess, get where I wanted today.
“I don’t think any player, including myself, will sit here after an early-round loss and be pleased with the result. So, no, I’m not pleased. I would like to do better, but I’m not exactly going to hate myself.”
The J&T Banka Ostrava Open takes place between 19-25 October.
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