Wimbledon: I'm not regressing, insists Johanna Konta as slump continues

Annette Crawford
July 8, 2018

Konta showed real guts to save four match points at 3-5 in the second set as the crowd finally rallied to the cause.

"It feels great, it was a tough draw today and I could not be more happy with my performance", Cibulkova said. She brings a lot out of herself I think. But despite a poor return, having reached the semifinal previous year, Konta was adamant she has not "regressed", and dodged any parallels with her 2017 form, saying she does not live in the past.

Cibulkova was the first to strike with a break in a competitive first set, as she closed out the first set easily.

"She was slapping her thigh (between first and second serves)".

Konta said, after the match: "I think she's very feisty in the way she plays".

But the 21-year-old, who secured her first Grand Slam victory on Tuesday, showed significant improvement from that match to give one of tennis' brightest rising stars a decent test, but ultimately it was Osaka who moved through to round three for the eighth time in her 10 major appearances. I think sooner or later those results will come. She does fire herself up. That's why she won Singapore. After struggling through the Round 1 tie with Natalia Vikhlyantseva, she spoke of her pride at how she regrouped, and fought to the last point.

"When you couple that with when she plays well, she's very hard to beat".

The British No.1, who reached No.4 in the world a year ago, will plummet down the rankings to outside the top 40 when they are updated after next weekend's finals. "I will love it for however many more years I get to play". "I came up against kind of a ideal storm from her today". "The depth we have in the women's game, how players can play very well in any certain match, I am not terribly anxious of losing a number next to my name".

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