Konta crashes out to Jabeur in opening round

Konta crashes out to Jabeur in opening round


Johanna Konta's Australian Open campaign is already over after losing to the unseeded Ons Jabeur in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

Jabeur impressed with an aggressive brand of tennis, particularly utilising her forehand well, and broke in the tenth game of the first set to take it 6-4 in a match that lasted one hour and three minutes at the 1573 Arena.

The British number one, who reached the semi-finals of the competition in 2016, broke the powerful Jabeur serve in the opening game of the second. But the world number 78 strung together four games in a row before winning it 6-2 as Konta failed to find a way back into the contest with 19 unforced errors to her name.

It is Konta's worst performance at an Australian Open in five years when she was a qualifier and did not make the draw.

"It's an unfortunate thing. It's part of the sport and it's part of also the way I play, and it's something that will come with time and matches," she told reporters.

"I think ultimately the main thing was to start playing again, and I am. And how I physically felt out there is obviously a massive tick for me compared to where I was in September of last year.

" I think giving myself that time to find a level that I want to play is going to be important. I also played a very good opponent so it's not all on my racket."

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