Johann Konta made few excuses to offer after taking a 6-3, 6-3 opening loss at the French Open on Sunday to teenage tyro Coco Gauff.

The 16-year-old American dismissed the British No. 1 despite troubles in serving out the opening set, taking six set points to nose into the early lead.

It got markedly easier for Gauff in the second set as she broke Konta at will (four times) and advanced to the second round.

“It  it was difficult for everyone all day,” Konta said of the rainy, windy weather which characterised opening day at Roland Garros.

Johanna Konta. Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd/Alamy Live News

“I think it’s going to be probably a difficult fortnight just with the forecast (rain every day for the next to weeks).

“Unfortunately I just didn’t play very well, nothing was working consistently enough. I was trying to do good things.

“I had semi-opportunities to try and kind of get something going, but I just didn’t find a good enough level to get where I wanted today.”

The 2019 semi-finalist had little good to say a out her 2020 Grand Slam season, which was curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I lost first round of the Australian, second round of the US, and first round of the French, so that’s kind of how that went.”


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