French Open: Johanna Konta eliminated from Roland-Garros by Coco Gauff | Tennis News


Johanna Konta delivered a performance strewn with errors losing to Coco Gauff

Britain’s No 1 Johanna Konta was knocked out of this year’s French Open by American teenage superstar Coco Gauff on Sunday.

The ninth seed Konta, a semi-finalist in Paris last year, made a demonstration strewn with errors, going down 6-3 6-3 against the American.

Gauff was making her main draw debut at Roland Garros, but she is already a proven Grand Slam competitor having reached the fourth round of Wimbledon and the Australian Open and the third round of the US Open.

There were 41 errors in total from Konta, who once again showed that if her A game doesn’t work, she just can’t find another path.

Konta said: “It’s a shame that it happened here, but I didn’t play too well.

“I think nothing was working steadily enough. I think I was trying to do good things, and I had semi-opportunities to try to push something forward, but I just didn’t find a level good enough to be able to get to where I wanted to. . today. “

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Gauff has made an impressive return to the Grand Slam scene

Gauff has made an impressive return to the Grand Slam scene

Gauff, ranked 51st in the world, just two off her career record, launched into the clash after winning just one of her last four games.

She met the huge expectations having already proven herself to be extremely tough mentally and tactically astute and it was she who played like the veteran to find her best at important moments and shoot mistakes from the Konta racket.

The cold and windy conditions certainly didn’t help and Konta was temperamental from the start as Gauff took a 3-0 lead.

Konta still had his chances, thanks in large part to a plethora of double faults from Gauff. It’s an obvious weakness in the teenager’s game but, on the points that really mattered, she found the serve box.

The Briton couldn’t take any of her five break points, with a frustrated Gauff saying ‘finally’ after winning a long game to clinch the opening set.

Konta got off to a good start in the second set with a 2-0 break but let his advantage slip away right away and Gauff paid him off with a five-game streak in a row.

Other double faults emerged as she attempted to serve him. But, although Konta recovered one of the breaks, she couldn’t hold her own serve, a docile backhand in the net sealing her fate.

Konta managed only one victory at the majors, as disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic did not help, as she started the year still struggling to overcome a knee problem which, according to her, is a permanent problem.

The 29-year-old added: “Obviously, the quick switch from hard to clay is not easy. But I think everything is handled well. It’s just one of those things that you keep dealing with and hopefully over time. It’s getting better.

“I come to tournaments to do well, to deepen the second week, to hope to win one one day. That’s why I show up at every tournament I play.

“So I don’t think any player, including myself, will sit here after a loss early in the round and be happy with the result. I wish I could do better, but I’m not really going to hate myself. ”

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