Johanna Konta’s Wimbledon came to an end in a high-quality second round contest with former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.
The Eastbourne player went down 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 on centre court in 1hr 46m to Bouchard who at time played some sparkling tennis.
Konta, had her chances throughout and began so well as she broke the Bouchard serve to seize the early momentum. But Bouchard, who reached the final in 2014, responded well to force her way back in the match. Her shots were just too powerful and too accurate as the Canadian closed out the first 6-3.
Konta, 25, was excellent in the second set. The 6-1 scoreline looked comfortable but the British No.1 scrambled for every point and saved numerous break points. Both players were at full power and full speed and the rallies were energy sapping.
The third set score looked bad for for the Eastbourne player but it was decided on fine margins - Konta had her chances. She did so well to create three break points on Bouchard’s first service game but her opponent held firm and immediately broke Konta in the next.
Once more Konta brought up break points in the third and failed to convert as Bouchard went into a 3-0 lead. The 20-year-old was not going to let her advantage slip and she won the set and the match - on this form she has to be a contender for the title.