British amount a person Johanna Konta’s hopes of yet another deep run at the French Open up were being finished by American teenager Coco Gauff in the 1st spherical.
Konta, 29, lost 6-3 six-three to the gifted 16-calendar year-outdated, who place in an assured functionality in her 1st Roland Garros main attract physical appearance.
A semi-finalist right here in 2019, Konta was mistake-prone in opposition to a youngster who has been touted by lots of pundits as a long run Grand Slam winner.
Gauff faces Martina Trevisan following.
Konta’s was the 3rd British singles defeat of the opening working day in Paris soon after losses for Andy Murray and Dan Evans.
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Gauff bounces back again from US Open up exit
Gauff has been 1 of the most promising players on tour adhering to her operates to Wimbledon and the Australian Open fourth rounds in the past 15 months.
She put guiding her a disappointing initial-spherical exit from this month’s US Open up to put in a confident exhibit in opposition to Konta, who in no way observed her stride under the floodlights on a in close proximity to vacant Court docket Suzanne Lenglen.
There had been some nerves at situations – with the American serving back again-to-again double faults on set points and needing 6 established points before finally taking the opener when Konta sent a forehand services return into the net.
She then went an early break down in the 2nd set before breaking Konta’s typically solid provide 4 times in a row as the Briton was let down by 41 unforced glitches, which includes quite a few on the drop-shot that experienced been so efficient previous year.
Konta briefly threatened to phase a fightback when she broke Gauff for five-3 but then succumbed in the next match when she netted a backhand on the American’s second match point.
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