Sharapova sends Konta packing

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Published: Monday 29th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Johanna Konta’s wait for a first-round victory at Wimbledon continues after the British hope was overwhelmed by fourth seed Maria Sharapova.

Russia’s five-time grand slam winner dispatched Konta 6-2 6-2 to condemn Australia-born Konta to a fourth-successive defeat at SW19.

Konta lost to the eventual-champion Belinda Bencic at the Eastbourne quarter-finals but was unable to make that momentum count in south west London on Monday.

The 24-year-old was justified in targeting a first Wimbledon win at the fourth time of asking – until she drew 2004 champion Sharapova.

Watched on by Fed Cup captain Judy Murray, Konta was unable to channel the battling spirits employed by fellow Briton Liam Broady, who had earlier seen off Marinko Matosevic in a five-set thriller.

Published: Monday 29th June 2015 by The News Editor

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