Wimbledon 2014: Johanna Konta thanks home crowd after exit
Wimbledon 2014: Johanna Konta pays tribute to the home fans after her first-round exit at the All England Club
Johanna Konta thanked the home crowd for their support after the British No3 was beaten in three sets by China’s Shuai Peng in the first round of Wimbledon.
Konta, who is ranked 109 in the world, lost 6-4 3-6 4-6 in two hours and 15 minutes on Court 12 at the All England Club.
That’s what we work towards, to be able to play on those kind of stages
The 23-year-old insisted that the atmosphere on court served to inspire rather than heap further pressure on her.
“That just adds a great atmosphere, the crowd,” said Konta.
“It’s always lovely to play in front of a crowd. It makes our job more enjoyable. That’s what we work towards, to be able to play on those kind of stages.
“I’m talking more of my own pressure on myself of just wanting to perform. But, like I said, I’ll be working on not making the same mistakes twice.”
Konta added: “Obviously it’s a big event. There’s always first‑round nerves. I guess I would have liked to have settled down a little quicker than I did.”