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Johanna Konta fades in Italian Open defeat by Jelena Ostapenko

The Guardian
Thursday 17 May 2018 14:34

Briton loses 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to French Open championKonta once again blows lead against a top-10 playerJohanna Konta leaves Rome for Paris mildly encouraged but also maybe concerned after blowing a first-set lead against a top-10 player for the fourth time in a row when the French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko, won their engrossing third-round match at the Italian Open on Thursday.Konta, who has slipped to 22 in the world after an extended spell in the top 10, looked to have put her early-season torpor behind her as she sought to build on decent wins this week over Magdalena Rybarikova and Hsieh Su-wei. However on a mild, overcast morning and coughing from a heavy cold, she found the step up beyond her as the feisty young Latvian ground out a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in front of the packed marble steps on the ridiculously beautiful Court Pietrangeli. Related: Furious Karolina Pliskova attacks tennis umpire's chair at Italian Open Continue reading...

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