Konta suffers first round defeat at French Open

Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta

The boot was on the other foot as Johanna Konta was dumped out in the first round of the French Open by German Julia Goerges.

Konta’s remarkable rise up the rankings came on the back of upsets at the US Open, where she reached the fourth round, and Australian Open, where she brilliantly made the semi-finals.

She went into the year’s second grand slam seeded 20th and surely with hopes of another lengthy run in the unpredictable women’s draw.

But Konta ran into a player in the mood for a scalp and world number 57 Goerges was exceptional in a 6-2 6-3 victory.

The German, who was once ranked in the top 15, crunched 30 winners in the match compared to just four from Konta.

The British number one, seeded at a slam for the first time, will now hope to make more of an impression on the grass at Wimbledon.