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Konta crashes out at first hurdle

By Matt Trollope   on   Tuesday 30 May 2017
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Johanna Konta's clay-court struggles have continued, yet there was no such problem for several other highly-seeded players at Roland-Garros on Thursday.

Brit Johanna Konta has become one of the biggest names to fall at Roland-Garros in 2017 after being stunned by an opponent ranked outside the top 100.

Chinese Taipei's Hsieh Su-Wei, a former top-25 player but now ranked No.109, delivered a stunning upset on Philippe-Chatrier Court to send the seventh seed packing.

Konta began the match on fire and looked destined for a straight-sets victory when she went up a mini-break in the second-set tiebreak.

Yet Hsieh reeled off seven straight points to send the match into a third set and then held her nerve to close out a tense 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 victory in two hours and 15 minutes.

Konta collected just two singles victories during the clay-court season in the lead-up to Roland-Garros and has now fallen at the first hurdle in Paris for three years running.

Hsieh next faces American Taylor Townsend.

Match point: Hsieh v Konta

Monfils, Berdych, Radwanska advance

Meanwhile, there was no such trouble for several of the other big names competing at Roland-Garros on Tuesday.

Home favourite Gael Monfils, the 15th seed, dispatched Germany's Dustin Brown in straight sets, winning their entertaining yet one-sided Suzanne-Lenglen Court encounter 6-4, 7-5, 6-0 to set up a second-round showdown with Thiago Monteiro.

Over on Court No.1, Tomas Berdych, seeded No.13, recovered from the loss of the third set to see off another German, Jan-Lennard Struff.

The 6-1, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win means Berdych will take on Karen Khachanov in round two.

Later on Tuesday, ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska brushed aside local wildcard Fiona Ferro for the loss of just two games.

Radwanska, whose best result in Paris was a quarter-final in 2013, next takes on Belgian qualifier Alison Van Uytvanck.

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