French Open agony for Konta

Eastbourne tennis player Johanna Konta vowed to work even harder after she missed out on a place in the main draw of the French Open.

The British number-three, ranked 168th in the world, lost to Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in a rain-interrupted second round qualifier.

It was an extremely tight contest that lasted more than two-hours as wind and rain pelted the players on the Roland Garros clay.

The 22-year-old, who lives in Eastbourne, took the first set against her opponent ranked at 121 in the world. But despite some solid tennis from Konta, Voskoboeva’s booming returns from Konta’s mis-firing serve helped wrestle back the initiative and she progressed to the third round of qualifying for the lucrative Grand Slam event.

Konta was disappointed not to make the main draw for the first time in her career and join fellow Brits Laura Robson and Heather Watson in round one. After the match Konta tweeted, “Gutted is an accurate description of how I’m feeling right now.

“I must learn from my mistakes and I will work harder.”

In the first qualifying round Konta advanced by beating China’s Saisai Zheng 6-1, 6-3 on the Parisian clay.

Konta will now turn her focus to the grasscourt season and is looking forward to her home town tournament in Eastbourne ahead of Wimbledon.

She said, “It is always an exciting time and I am looking forward to the grass season.

“I am thrilled as it is my home event and I get to see home for one week of the year. I love it in Eastbourne as it is my getaway. I train up in London which is a very busy city and when I come down here it is my little haven.”

The Eastbourne player will be joined at Devonshire Park by some of the best players on tour.

World No4 and former Eastbourne winner Agnieszka Radwanska is the highest ranked player to confirm her spot in Eastbourne.

Last year’s finalist Angelique Kerber and defending champion Tamira Paszek will also be displaying their talents on the Devonshire grass.

British number-one Laura Robson and Heather Watson will also be returning on June 17. Robson said, “I’m really excited to be returning to Eastbourne. It’s fantastic preparation ahead of Wimbledon.”

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