Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Konta Is Far from Downbeat after Loss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Konta Is Far from Downbeat after Loss

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JOHANNA Konta insisted she is happy with the progress she has made through the clay season despite crashing out of the French Open in the first round.

The seventh seed appeared to have a kind draw against world number 109 Hsieh Su-wei as she sought her first main-draw win at Roland Garros.

Konta raced through the first set but then got bogged down in a battle and became thoroughly frustrated as Hsieh ground out a 1-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 victory.

Konta is not nearly as at home on clay as on hard or grass - but this was still a very disappointing result.

The 26-year-old said: "My expectations are never resultsorientated.

"Whether I've lost first round or third round or quarters, I do my best to not judge myself on that aspect.

"I like to be involved in a tournament for as long as possible and I would have liked to have been involved here longer.

"Yet in terms of the match I played and the improvements I feel I've made and I have spoken to my team about, we all seem to be on the same page. …

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