Konta looks to positives after early Devonshire exit

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Eastbourne’s Johanna Konta was insistent on only looking at the positives after she crashed out of her hometown AEGON International tournament in the first round.

The British number three, who was gifted a wildcard into the main draw, lost in straight sets to Su-Wei Hsieh in a see-sawing game that witnessed eight breaks of serve in just 19 games played.

Despite stumbling at the first hurdle in front on her home support, Konta refused to be downbeat, even admitting to being outplayed by the world number 44.

She said, “I thought it was a good match and credit to her – she player better, obviously. It definitely was a tricky match but I do think she played incredibly well.

“I know she likes this surface, so I definitely had a tough match going out there.

“I’m not frustrated because I think I played quite well. She just took better advantage of her opportunities than I did.

“The experience of playing another player that’s in the top of the game – I think that’s a huge part for me to be able to give myself the opportunities to be able to play against players like that.”

Konta battled back from 4-2 down in the first set to level at 4-4, before Hsieh broke her final serve to snatch the opening set 6-4.

The world number 137 came back with fire in her belly and pushed Hsieh to the brink on each of her service games, dispatching the ball to every inch of the court.

However, a combination of Hsieh’s athleticism and Konta squandering three break points saw the Taipei secure the match 6-4, 6-3.

Konta will now turn her attentions to The Championships, Wimbledon, where she has also been given a wildcard into the main draw and will hope to improve her performance in front of her home crowd.

She added, “I will go back to the practice courts and continue to practice. This is another match under my belt and more experience playing girls at the top.

“It’s all positive, so I’m very much looking forward to going into Wimbledon.

“This is very much home for me. I’m very proud to represent Great Britain, so it’s very exciting.

“I enjoy the home crowd. It was definitely a good crowd here and I’m very grateful to the people that came out and supported me.

“It’s a good experience and I look forward to moving on from here.”