Johanna Konta exits Eastbourne as Wimbledon preparations take a hit against Ons Jabeur


“I tried to slow down the balls a bit because I know she absorbs pace very well. And then I tried to speed it up“, she said in words vaguely reminiscent of the lyrics of 1981 Eurovision hit ‘Making Your Mind Up’.

But after taking an early break in the first set against the Tunisian world no. 62, Jabeur rattled off 10 of the next 12 games to complete a 6-3, 6-2 victory on Court 1.

“I tried to sometimes go through the middle a bit more,” Johanna Konta continued. “She was moving around the ball quite well.

“So then I tried to move it out wide. She was moving well out wide.

“So then I tried to use slower slices. I tried to use faster slices.

“I actually thought I varied my serve quite well. I went through pretty much every serve I can hit.

“I don’t think I did anything wrong. I did quite well in the amount of questions I asked my opponent today, and she just was answering them every time.”

That helplessness is a worry for a player who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2017 and harbours desires of going even further having already got to the same stage in each of the Australian and US Opens.

It raises question-marks yet again about her ability to go that extra mile and close out matches when an inspired opponent is pulling out all the stops.

Despite her parents living on the south coast, Konta packed her bags immediately for London and will spend the next few days preparing to lead British hopes at SW19.

And despite this set-back she says she is in good shape going into the tournament.

“I feel in a good place,” she insisted. “In the best place possible to do the best that I can.”


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