The British no3 dismissed China’s Saisai Zheng 6-1 6-3 but then fell to Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva 4-6 6-3 7-5 in the 2nd Round qualifier at Roland Garros.
Konta admitted: “I must learn from my mistakes and I will work harder. Gutted is an accurate description of how I’m feeling right now. I’m getting physically stronger and I enjoy grass, even though it’s a short season.
“I’m really looking forward to the grass season and thrilled with the tournament coming up in Eastbourne as it’s my home event. I love it in Eastbourne as it is my getaway. I train up in London, which is very busy so when I come back it’s my little haven.”
The 22-year-old, born in Sydney to Hungarian parents, became a British citizen in May 2012 and trains at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton under Louis Cayer.
Konta reached her highest WTA Tour ranking of no142 in February 2013, but with an impressive showing at the grass court events at Birmingham, Eastbourne and Wimbledon could break into the world’s top 100.
2012 AEGON International
Aleksandra Wozniak won 6-3 4-6 7-6 v Galina Voskoboeva
Anne Keothavong lost 2-6 3-6 to Daniela Hantuchova
Tamira Paszek won 7-5 6-1 v Marina Erakovic
Mona Barthel lost 1-6 6-4 1-6 to Chanelle Scheepers
Stephanie Dubois won 7-6 7-5 v Andrea Hlavackova
Bojana Jovanovski lost 2-6 3-6 to Laura Robson
Elena Vesnina won by walkover v Mirjana Lucic
Jade Windley lost 2-6 0-6 to Greta Arn
Aleksandra Wozniak saw off Kazakhstani Galina Voskoboeva 6-3 4-6 7-6 to progress to 2nd Round at Devonshire Park.
The topsy turvy contest was far from a classic, with a string of unforced errors spoiling a flowing contest.
The Canadian ace had the upper hand from the very start, and deservedly took the opening set.
Voskoboeva, sensing the knockout blow, cleverly altered her tactics to snatch a fiercely fought second set to level matters.
With the momentum very much in Voskoboeva’s favour, and growing in confidence, it became a cat and mouse encounter with neither player willing to be too adventurous on their serves.
Even when the final set tiebreak proved to the only way to decide who would progress, timid shots were exchanged and it was Wozniak who picked up a tentative 7-5 success.
Exclusive by Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd
Provisional players for Eastbourne, not all in the main draw, are:
- Greta Arn
- Mona Barthel
- Marion Bartoli
- Petra Cetkovska
- Sorana Cirstea
- Stephanie Dubois
- Marina Erakovic
- Daniela Hantuchova
- Andrea Hlavackova
- Su-Wei Hsieh
- Anne Keothavong
- Angelique Kerber
- Petra Kvitova
- Ekaterina Makarova
- Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez
- Christina McHale
- Li Na
- Tamira Paszek
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
- Tsvetana Pironkova
- Agnieszka Radwanska
- Laura Robson
- Lucie Safarova
- Chanelle Scheepers
- Carla Suarez Navarro
- Elena Vesnina
- Galina Voskoboeva
- Heather Watson
- Aleksandra Wozniak
- Caroline Wozniacki
- Klara Zakopalova
- Jie Zheng