By Ros Satar
Paula Ormaechea (ARG) def. Johanna Konta (GBR) 6-3, 6-2
On a very slow playing clay court, Ormaechea got off to the better start, running away with the first three games and a double-break to the good.
Konta managed to get on the board after losing her third service game, with an ace, and although the more superior on clay, errors were creeping into Ormaechea’s game.
Konta’s confidence grew in the next two games with a break back, and a hold to love as she settled the nerves.
The next two games, however, went the Argentinian’s way, but there were early signs that Konta could break up Ormaechea’s rhythm.
It was a better start for the Briton, taking Ormaechea to a break point on the opening game, and staying on serve.
However another break for Ormaechea put Konta on the back foot , and finishing with another successive break of Konta’s serve, the Argentinians led the tie after just 1 hour and 12 minutes.
In Konta’s defence, she was willing to try and break up the Argentinian’s game and having got her debut singles out of the way, she should hope to play with a little more confidence in Sunday’s reverse singles.