Konta: ‘Need more patience’ for clay after second round exit in Stuttgart

 

By Ros Satar, in Stuttgart

  • Anastasija Sevastova def. Johanna Konta [6/WC] 6-3 7-5
  • Next stop Madrid via the UK
STUTTGART, GERMANY – Anastasija Sevastova halted Johanna Konta’s progress after her first main draw win at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

 

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Anastasija Sevastova def. Johanna Konta [6/WC] 6-3 7-5

British No. 1 Johanna Konta ended her run at Stuttgart at the hands of Anastasija Sevastova at WTA Stuttgart. She felt that she never really got going against a player who has a pretty solid record on clay. It was edgy from the start from with no less than five breaks of serve, with Sevastova getting the all important edge for a 4-2 lead with an advantage she did not let go.

Anastasija Sevastova – 2017 WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (c) Jimmie 48 Tennis Photography

The second set was a lot more competitive from Konta, albeit requiring the advice of her coach to hold back a little as she looked to be rushing the points and maybe being a little impatient.

It certainly felt a lot more competitive but Konta is still trying to make those all important adjustments on the clay. Many players have succeeded with keeping hold of their game with the change to the slicker surface – Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova are perfect cases in point where they have not let their style of play diminish just down to the change of surface.

She said, after the match: “I just struggled to really build and just find a way of really getting myself into the match. Credit to her, I think she played really well. I do think she did the best that she could as well. I’m still a bit disappointed I didn’t make it a bit harder for her (laughs)

“I think I was definitely rushing a bit today in not just my shots but even between points. I think that was more also my frustration of maybe not really finding the game I wanted to be competing out there with and against her.

“But I think that definitely with the surface as well of me just getting used to possibly stay here, step back or just I guess even better perspective. You always work in perspective (laughs).”

Next up for Konta is Madrid, after a trip home where she can expect playing at altitude to also make the courts quite fast. But first a trip back to the UK before heading out to Madrid around Tuesday next week to spend more time getting used to the surface.

She continued: I obviously need to stay true to what I bring to a tennis court because that is the style of player I am and don’t think that necessarily changes according to the surface. But then I need to adapt certain things and also have good tolerance in a way to how the surface will play and the different challenges it will throw at me and at my game. Obviously, you need more patience on the surface.”

The Mutua Madrid Open takes place between 7-14 May.

Main Photo Credit: Jimmie 48 Tennis Photography

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