Tennis Identity

Classic It Was Not.

There are times when one picks up a pen and you suddenly get ‘writers block’. The equivalent for a tennis player must be ‘tennis block’ and the British number 1, Johanna Konta had it yesterday. Knocked out in the second round, and in straight sets can’t have felt good. Good is how American Coco Vandeweghe played and looked. And, with Pat Cash in her corner, why shouldn’t she?

The Aegon Classic in Birmingham is one of the popular grass ‘warm up’ tournaments for Wimbledon. Maria Sharapova was the promised big draw name, but she didn’t even make it to the first round. She pulled out. Let’s get back to Johanna.

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Konta only won 11 points in the 6 1 first set and in 24 minutes. Now that rarely happens even to me. Konta was unable to find any form that matched her playing standard of last week, which took her to the final in Nottingham. Johanna Konta is loved in the UK, and around the world: she is known for her impeccable manners.

It looked for a rare moment that Konta might challenge Vandeweghe in the second set and at 3 3 it looked promising. The promise was not to last as the strongly built American, who has noticeably improved her speed around the corner, had some good luck on route to closing it out 6 4 in the final.

Well, many will be wishing Johanna Konta some better luck next time. But for now, hats off to Coco.


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