Things go from bad to WORSE when UK No. 1 Jo Konta is wiped out in straight sets in the first round of French Open as she joins Dan Evans and Heather Watson as early exits
- Johanna Konta faced Sorana Cirstea in the first round of the French Open
- The British player lost the first set 6-7, threatened with another early exit
- Cirtea never let her calm down and came out flying in the second set and won 6-2
- Konta followed Heather Watson out of the competition in the first round
Johanna Konta will tumble out of the top 30 after another first-round defeat at the French Open.
The British number one defended ranking points from her brilliant run to the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 2019, but did not win a match on any other occasion she played on the Parisian clay court.
Konta led early in the first set against Romanian Sorana Cirstea, who defeated her at the US Open last summer, but then made far too many mistakes and fell back to a 7-6 (5) 6-2 loss.
Jo Konta is out of the French Open after losing to Sorana Cirstea in the first round
Konta couldn’t handle the Romanian’s power and savagely ripped through the second round
It has continued a lean season so far for the 30-year-old, who won just three games in 2021.
The 19th seed looked comfortable initially, going for a 4-2 lead, but the errors started to pile up – she made 30 unforced in total – and Cirstea struggled back.
Several costly mistakes came in the tiebreak and Cirtea was much the better player in the second set, the world’s number 54 winning in an hour and 30 minutes against her frustrated opponent.
Konta’s defeat leaves Cameron Norrie the only British singles player to advance to the second round, while her drop in the rankings could get significantly worse, with the British number one defending many points at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Konta’s confidence seemed to have been shattered by the defeat in the first set and she never recovered
Cirtea took the lead straight away in the second set and Konta was never able to react
The Brit’s difficult season got even more difficult, with another early exit from the French Open