Johanna Konta did not take kindly to being asked the same questions after losing in the first round of the French Open for the fifth straight year.
Konta’s ongoing struggles at Roland Garros means she has had five straight years of fronting up to the media after a first round defeat – and she’s tired of being asked why she doesn’t play better on clay.
“Let’s say for a few years your pieces of writing have just been crap every time you come into Roland Garros,” Konta said Sunday. “Just crap. And then your colleagues start to say, ‘You really suck around that time.’ And that happens for a few years. How would you guys digest that and would you feel?”
Konta, who was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by Yulia Putintseva, said the media doesn’t “make it easy” after a loss.
She had no one but herself to blame for the defeat, however, after she double-faulted five times and made 32 unforced errors.
“I think the whole match really didn’t feel like a great match for me, quite honestly,” Konta said. “I never really quite found my rhythm.”
Understandably, Konta can’t wait to get off clay and on grass.
“I’m obviously looking forward to the grass,” she said. “I’m looking forward to being at home. I obviously love the lead-up tournaments to Wimbledon and then Wimbledon, of course, as well. And then, yeah, I’ll be looking to play a strong and full hard-court season in the U.S. and then into Asia.”