French Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta commenced her grass court campaign on a low note, bowing out in the opening round of the Nature Valley Classic to Jelena Ostapenko. But she had her dog – Bono to help her get over this loss.
“I think whenever she plays at her best level, she is very, very hard to play, and I think she showed that today. It felt like any mistake I made had a bigger consequence just because I had so few opportunities in the match and so few windows to build any momentum”.
“I still thought I did quite a lot of good things out there, I just didn't get an opportunity to do too much more." Konta will now head to her home town of Eastbourne ahead of next week's Nature Valley International, where she has a much better record.
She further added, "I'd like to think that, come the beginning of Wimbledon, I will be that much more comfortable on the grass in the way I'm playing and moving," she said. "It's maybe my fifth day on the grass, my second match on the grass.
So I can definitely take a lot more good things than not from this." Presently ranked inside the Top-20 at No.18 on the WTA Charts, she has been ranked as high as No.4 in the world and is looking on a good comeback trail at the moment.