- Jo Konta admitted backside will be sore for a couple of days after low shots
- British No 1 suffered shock exit in first round of French Open in three sets
- She lost to doubles specialist and world No 109 Hsieh Su-Wei of Chinese Taipei
- Konta will now switch her attention to preparing for grass court season
Jo Konta is expecting to suffer from a sore bottom later this week — and not just because she was dumped out of the French Open on her backside.
The British No 1 was referring to the muscular pain that accompanies changing surfaces as she moves on to the grass later this week.
‘My arse is definitely going to be sore for the first couple of days,’ she said, wanting to move on from a shock 1-6, 7-6, 6-4 defeat against world No 109 Hsieh Su-wei of Chinese Taipei.
Jo Konta (right) crashed out of the French Open in the opening round against Hsieh Su-wei
The British No 1 admitted she will be sore after having to play plenty of low balls
‘You generally get pretty sore getting low down to balls on a consistent basis. But again today my opponent made me get very low for balls. Maybe that’s good preparation for my grass training.’
Konta had been outfoxed by a player better known for her doubles exploits, unable to counter the surprising consistency and clever slicing of her 31-year-old opponent.
She now plans to play all three main tour grass-court events in the UK before Wimbledon.
Konta was the seventh seed but still has not won a match at Roland Garros. She won only three matches on the surface this spring, but insists she has got better on her least favourite surface.
‘I feel I’ve actually made a lot of improvements on this surface,’ she said.
‘I really felt that growth-wise and even level-wise I did improve with every single point, game, and set, and match that I played throughout the season.’
Konta will now switch her attention to the grass courts and play three successive tournaments
It was not quite the same assessment as Italian Open men’s champion Alex Zverev, who, when asked why he lost, replied: ‘I played absolute s***’.
Former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki, who plays in the second round today, has rejected the apology made to her by Maria Sharapova’s agent Max Eisenbud, who described her as a ‘journeyman’ player after she objected to his player getting a wildcard into April’s Stuttgart tournament.
Wozniacki received a contrite email but told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet: ‘It’s a bad example to set for her. He tries sending me an email, which just makes me think he did it because he had to.
‘If he were really sorry, he’d have gone publicly to the media where he called me a journeyman and said that he’d made a mistake. So that apology is useless.’
Caroline Wozniacki rejected the apology made to her by Maria Sharapova’s agent