April 23, 2021

Johanna Konta is forced to retire from her Australian Open first round match due to injury

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Johanna Konta was forced to retire midway through her first-round match at the Australian Open against Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan due to injury.

The British number one, who like the rest of her competitors had to quarantine for 14 days before the Australian Open, won the first set 6-4 but was forced to concede the match after falling 2-0 behind in the second.

Konta appeared to sustain or exacerbate the injury when she stretched for a smash towards the end of the opening set, and required an on-court medical time-out.

Johanna Konta was visibly emotional after she was forced to retire from the Australian Open

Johanna Konta was visibly emotional after she was forced to retire from the Australian Open

Johanna Konta was visibly emotional after she was forced to retire from the Australian Open

Konta receives medical treatment on court following her injury during the first-round contest

Konta receives medical treatment on court following her injury during the first-round contest

Konta receives medical treatment on court following her injury during the first-round contest

The 13th seed then left the court for treatment at the end of the set, and swiftly decided not to continue after losing her opening service game of the second set to love.

It was a further setback for Konta, who endured a difficult 2020 season due to ongoing issues with a knee injury.

Having recently reunited with her former coach Dimitri Zavialoff, hopes were high that the 29-year-old would be able to get her new campaign off to an encouraging start.

And she appeared to have been granted the ideal opportunity against an opponent ranked 104 in the world who has never made it beyond the second round of a grand slam.

Konta had won the first set 6-4 against Slovenia's Kaja Juvan before she was forced to retire f

Konta had won the first set 6-4 against Slovenia's Kaja Juvan before she was forced to retire f

Konta had won the first set 6-4 against Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan before she was forced to retire f

But after making a good start the 13th seed’s hopes were evidently hampered, and two games without winning a point convinced her to call time on her challenge.

It will come as a bitter blow to the British No 1 after she had to be patient before the tournament got underway by quarantining in her hotel for two weeks. 

Tennis stars who arrived in Australia in January had to undergo a strict two-week quarantine to avoid the spread of coronavirus prior to the grand slam in Melbourne.

Konta, and some others, did however have it easier than their other rivals as they were allowed to go out for five hours a day to practice.

But 72 others competing in Melbourne had been locked in their hotel rooms completely following positive coronavirus cases on flights that had taken them to Australia. 

Konta's retirement will come as a bitter blow after spending 14 days in quarantine

Konta's retirement will come as a bitter blow after spending 14 days in quarantine

Konta’s retirement will come as a bitter blow after spending 14 days in quarantine

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