Jo Konta crashes out of Eastbourne in straight-sets loss to world No 62 Ons Jabeur… meaning she heads to Wimbledon with just five grass-court matches under her belt
- Jo Konta’s half of the draw had opened up this week but she failed to progress
- The world No 62 Ons Jabeur managed to beat her 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday
- Konta struggled to pose any kind of threat on Court No 1 at Devonshire Park
Jo Konta will head into Wimbledon having played just five matches on grass after the British No 1’s surprising straight-sets loss to world No 62 Ons Jabeur.
Playing in her hometown of Eastbourne, spectators at Devonshire Park were surprised to see the world No 19’s third-round clash placed on Court 1 rather than Centre.
Konta wound up losing 6-3, 6-2 to Jabeur, the 24-year-old from Tunisia, and returned to London on Wednesday night to replan her pre-Wimbledon schedule.
Jo Konta suffered a straight-sets loss to Ons Jabeur in her home tournament of Eastbourne
Jabeur, the world No 62 from Tunisia, beat Konta 6-3, 6-2 in Wednesday’s clash
JO KONTA’S MATCHES ON GRASS AHEAD OF WIMBLEDON
2019 – 5
2018 – 8
2017 – 11
2016 – 8
2015 – 9
2014 – 8
2013 – 7
2012 – 3
In 2018, Konta played eight matches on grass in the build-up to the All England Club tournament. In 2017, when she reached the semi-finals at SW19, she played 11.
Konta skipped Nottingham this year following her success on clay at the French Open but Wednesday’s loss was a missed opportunity to go far in Eastbourne.
Her half of the draw had opened up this week, with world No 1 Ashleigh Barty withdrawing because of injury and Elina Svitolina suffering a surprise defeat on Monday.
It meant the Brit was not due to meet a seed until the semi-finals but Jabeur proved too much.
‘I’m in the place that I am, and I feel good in the place that I am,’ Konta said afterwards. ‘I just played an opponent who played very well.
‘I didn’t feel like I actually did too much wrong. Actually, I don’t think I did anything wrong.’
On opening up the day on Court No 1, Konta said: ‘It’s just part of scheduling. I don’t really pay too much attention to scheduling.’
Shown on Centre Court first instead was the men’s match between American Taylor Fritz and Guido Pell of Argentina, who are ranked 42 and 26 in the world respectively.
Defending Wimbledon champion and world No 5 Angelique Kerber, who beat Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 7-6, 6-0, was also surprisingly shown on Court No 2.
Konta will now head to Wimbledon with only five grass-court matches under her belt