It could scarcely have been more difficult for Eastbourne’s Johanna Konta in her first round match at Wimbledon (writes By Derren Howard).
Fresh from her decent run at Eastbourne, where she reached the quarter-final and despatched top 10 and top 20 players along the way, Konta faced the toughest opponent of her career to date in former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova.
Never before had the British No.2 played against a top five opponent and in the end Konta, ranked 146 in the world, was soundly beaten 6-2, 6-2 by the ultra efficient Sharapova.
Konta had her moments during her first ever outing on Wimbledon’s centre court and had Sharapova on break point in her first and second service games. But once Sharapova found her range and cranked up the power, the outcome was almost a formality.
Wimbledon is not over just yet for Konta who has also entered the doubles this year but once again the draw for the first round proved a tough one - It’s only the Williams sisters to deal with this time.