By Duha Ali
Konta strives on clay at the Madrid Open in the first round after a third-set surrender against Laura Siegemund.
The tournament’s sixth seed, Johanna Konta, was 3-0 up in the decider but German Siegemund reeled off five games straight and took a 3-6 7-5 6-4 win. The match ended at 02:17 am local time.
Victory means British world number seven, Konta, has been a real force in the women’s tour over the last 18 months, but she won just three games in her career.
Konta joked: “I think the biggest troupers, were the 10 people who watched…. There were 40?? I think they did solid, pretty impressive!” Sometimes, the conditions are “unfortunate,” she added.
“Every match was over two hours, so it was one of those things you can’t predict. But both of us were in the same boat. It was actually quite sad because we played a good match, entertaining, good match. It was a pity no-one knew we had played!”
Johanna Konta fell at the first stage of the Madrid Open
Siegemund was a tough opponent as she won Stuttgart last week, sharing the field with strong competitors including Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Konta and Maria Sharapova.
Konta broke the serve twice to take the opening set at the Spanish capital, which was a poor start for Siegemund, but then she fought back to claim a tie-break.
Siegemund will go against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit or American Coco Vandeweghe.
Angelique Kerber, world number two, won over Hungary’s Times Babos with a convincing 6-4 6-2.