Britain’s Johanna Konta was understandably happy Wednesday after winning her first ever match at Wimbledon – at the fifth attempt.
Konta is the first British woman to be seeded at the All England Club since Jo Durie in 1984 after a breakthrough 12 months that saw her rise from 126 in the world rankings and reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January.
Leading 6-1, 2-1 in her rain-delayed match against Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig, 16th seed Konta dropped her serve to fall 3-2 behind before recovering to take the set 7-5 and win the match.
Konta, who now plays 2014 runner-up Eugenie Bouchard in the second round, said she was pleased with the way she played.
“I was very happy [with my performance]. You have to rush out of the blocks [but] I was able to come back in that second set so I was pleased with that.
“It was a definitely a tricky first-round match because she has been playing well on the grass,” said Konta.
“I’m very happy with how I’m able to serve and return. It’s important to get the first strike in on this surface. That’s where most points are won. It’s about staying offensive and trying to dictate out there.”