British No 1 Puts Disappointing First Half Behind Her
Johanna Konta started her Wimbledon journey by winning in straight sets against Natalia Vikhlyantseva. It was a tough match but she was able to earn herself a place in the second round in Wimbledon on Tuesday.
Konta was the early centre of attention as the British number one star attempted to put a disappointing first half of the year behind her. She walked off the court with a 7-5 7-6 (9-7) victory. Her opponent, the 21-year-old Russian, was a tricky but inconsistent player with only one grand slam event win to her name. Vikhlyantseva still managed to give the 22nd seed plenty of problems.
Prior to the game, Konta took some time to speak to the BBC and give some advice;
“Really enjoy what you do, enjoy being out there with your friends,” Konta said “Enjoy being out there looking to just get better.” – and that’s exactly what she did.
Konta needs to keep up the same momentum to avoid an early exit at this year’s championships and prevent herself potentially slipping out of the world’s top 50.
“The first round is always tricky, both players are trying to find their level,” she said afterwards on the BBC.
“The conditions were tricky, it was very breezy, and there were some nerves there, but I enjoyed every second of it and no matter how long I was out there I was going to fight for every point.
“There are some things I should have done better but she played some good points as well. I’m working very hard to be here for the whole two weeks.”
Konta will face Dominika Cibulkova next. The Slovakian presents a danger after only missing out on a seeding when Serena Williams was bumped up from her ranking outside the top 100. Find out what the odds are of her winning the next match here.