Konta is first Brit to fall at Wimbledon

Johanna Konta in action today

Johanna Konta in action today

First published in Sport

Johanna Konta failed to cement her maiden foray into the women's top 100 by slipping to a niggling first-round defeat to China's Shuai Peng at Wimbledon.

The 23-year-old from Eastbourne broke new ground by rising to 96th in the world on Monday, only to lose out 6-4 3-6 6-4 to world number 60 Peng.

British hope Konta had earned outright Wimbledon qualification for the first time, but lost out at the opening hurdle due to a string of unforced errors, becomes the first home player to lose on day one.

Konta surrendered the first set in frustrating fashion, slipping up on a fourth break and set point to hand her Chinese opponent a 6-4 victory.

A host of loose errors gifted Peng the opening set, and the British hope quickly underlined her frustrations by claiming an immediate second-set break.

The Sydney-born Brit levelled the match after fending off a recovery from Peng.

Konta relinquished her serve at the start of the deciding set, only to break back immediately.

Peng broke again then held though, and the 28-year-old, who lost to American Sloane Stephens at the French Open, was thereafter able to cruise to victory.

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