Johanna Konta unimpressed by ‘cr*p’ coverage from ‘b*****ds’
Johanna Konta hit out at the media following her first-round exit at the French Open.
The 22nd seed lost in the opening round at Roland Garros for the fourth year in a row as she suffered a 6-4, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Yulia Putintseva.
However, she wasn’t happy with the pre-tournament coverage from the media and made her feelings known in the press conference.
Asked if she felt external pressure, The Sun quotes her as saying: “Well, you guys can answer this for me, then.
“Let’s say for a few years your pieces of writing have just been cr*p every time when you come into Roland Garros. Right? Just cr*p.
“And then your colleagues start to say, ‘You know, you really suck around that time’. And that happens, you know, for a few years.
“How would you guys digest that, and would you feel any sort of… lingering kind of, ‘Oh, you know what? I want to prove these b*****ds wrong’, but, you know, it’s just kind of lingering there?
“So it’s not something I would like to buy into, and I don’t think I do.
“However, you guys don’t make it easy.”
Konta didn’t help her cause as she committed 32 unforced errors during the match, but she also paid tribute to Putintseva.
“I think the whole match really didn’t feel like a great match for me, quite honestly. It was just – I never really quite found my rhythm. I never really quite found the way I wanted to play,” she said.
“I think, obviously, there’s some of that to do with her. I think she played quite smart. Otherwise, I think I just had a bad match. I knew what she likes to do. She likes to build her points, and I think she – what she does well is that exactly, and also she obviously runs well. She gets a lot of balls back. She plays with good heaviness on her ball.
“What I was trying to do was kind of take her time away, look to move forward. I think she does play better with time, and, unfortunately, I couldn’t do it well enough.”
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