By Xavier Harley-Rudd
Johanna Konta, the British no3, was out of sorts to concede the knockout blow from Su-Wei Hsieh in a poor 1st Round encounter on Tuesday.
Wildcard Konta suffered from nerves on Court 3, surrounded by masses of British supporters, to stutter 6-4 6-3.
Eastbourne-based Konta, who moved to the town from Australia aged 14, was involved in a topsy turvy contest that comprised eight breaks of serve.
Konta trailed 4-2 in the opening set before squaring matters, only to allow Hsieh to break to take an important lead 6-4.
And Konta fluffed three break points in the next set, which lifted Hsieh to belatedly hit top gear and race away with the match.
Taipei’s Hsieh, the world no44, had showed more nous and experience to pick up the big points and wrap up each set once victory was in sight.
But Konta was not too dispirited ahead of her shot at Wimbledon and admitted: “I definitely had a tough match going out there and think I played quite well, it was just that she just took better advantage of her opportunities than I did.
“It was a good experience making my debut at Eastbourne, but I’ll go back to the practice courts.
“It’s all positive going into Wimbledon because this is another match under my belt and more experience playing girls at the top – I look forward to moving on from here.”