Jo Konta failed to break her duck at the French Open as she crashed out of the season’s second grand slam in straight sets.
The British No.1 has yet to win a match at Roland Garros in five attempts and her straight sets defeat was obviously hard to swallow. Usually very diplomatic when she faced questions, but not so on this occasion going as far as to blame the media for contributing to her 6-4 6-3 loss to Yulia Putintseva.
I think the whole match really didn't feel like a great match for me, quite honestly, I never really quite found my rhythm. Jo Konta
She has not been comfortable on clay though there were signs that she was getting used to it by reaching the third round in Rome and putting on a strong display against Jelena Ostapenko before going down in three sets.
“Let’s say for a few years your pieces of writing have just been crap every time you come into Roland Garros,” Konta said following her loss. “Just crap. And then your colleagues start to say, ‘You really suck around that time.’ And that happens for a few years. How would you guys digest that and what would you feel?”
The No. 22-ranked Konta continued to say that her shortcomings are not something she wants to harp on about, but “you guys don’t make it easy.”
On this occasion her form was certainly well below par as she double-faulted five times and made 32 unforced errors.
“I think the whole match really didn’t feel like a great match for me, quite honestly,” Konta admitted. “I never really quite found my rhythm.”
She will certainly now be looking forward to getting her feet on the grass where she has plenty of points to defend if she is to halt her slide down the rankings following her excellent run last year when she won Miami and made the semi-finals of Wimbledon.
However, in partnerships with Allison Riske, she still has work to do on the clay in the doubles event.
“I’m obviously looking forward to the grass,” Konta said. “I’m looking forward to being at home. I obviously love the lead-up tournaments to Wimbledon and then Wimbledon, of course, as well. And then, yeah, I’ll be looking to play a strong and full hard-court season in the U.S. and then into Asia.”