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French Open: Konta Suffers Shock Defeat

British number one Johanna Konta suffered a shock defeat by world number 109 Hsieh Su-wei in the first round of the French Open.

Seventh seed Konta dominated the first set but eventually went down 1-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 to Taiwanese Hsieh.

Konta, 26, has yet to win a match in the main draw at Roland Garros after three successive first-round losses.

She will now head back to the UK and hope for more success in the grass-court season.

“What a match. And what a good effort from Hsieh to come back after losing the first set so easily.

“Johanna Konta came out at the start and played very well, she was trying to do the right things but I think you have to give credit to Hsieh.

“I don’t think Konta played that bad, Hsieh just lifted her level and brought in more variety.

“Konta made a few mistakes in the third set and they came because she didn’t trust her movement on the clay.

“She is still striking the ball well and, with her demeanour and attitude, she will get better on the clay.

“This defeat won’t have an adverse effect on her grass-court season. It is completely different.”

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