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Wimbledon 2016: Johanna Konta focuses on positives after exit as Watson feels pain of career low

By Matt Gatward

Published 01/07/2016

Moving ahead: A rejuvenated Eugenie Bouchard is into the third round
Moving ahead: A rejuvenated Eugenie Bouchard is into the third round

Johanna Konta felt no frustration despite crashing out in the second round to an excellent display from Eugenie Bouchard.

Bouchard has struggled to reproduce the form that saw her reach the final in 2014, but the Canadian looked back to her best on Centre Court, sealing an impressive 6-3 1-6 6-1 victory.

It means Konta has never gone past round two at the All England Club while Bouchard goes through to meet Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova.

Konta arrived at Wimbledon as the first British female to be seeded since 1984 but insists she had no regrets.

"Do I feel frustrated? No, because she had a lot to say in the outcome of the match," Konta said. "I really enjoyed it. I think I've got a lot of good things to take away from that match and a lot of things I hope to implement in my development as a tennis player and as a person.

"I would have liked to stay longer, but I'm very happy with the experience I was able to have."

Konta was 96th in the world when Bouchard was reaching her first Grand Slam final two years ago but their careers have gone in different directions since.

While Bouchard has lost form, coaches and confidence, her ranking dropping from seven to 48, Konta has surged from 150 to 19, via the fourth round at the US Open and an Australian Open semi-final.

Despite defeat, Konta's rise shows no sign of abating but Bouchard has also offered glimpses of her former self in recent months.

"I definitely expected her to play well," Konta said. "Although her ranking may have gone down over the past year, her level of tennis never went away.

"She is an incredibly good player with a lot of experience in the short career she's had. I was expecting a tough match and that's what it was. It was a shame I couldn't come through it."

Heather Watson admitted losing to Germany's Annika Beck after spurning three match points was one of the worst moments of her career.

Watson had one foot in the second round when she led 10-9 and 40-0 but she failed to capitalise and it was Beck who clinched victory, 3-6 6-0 12-10.

"That was one of the worst," Watson said. "I wasn't pleased in general, how I played, and obviously having match points, not being able to win here at Wimbledon is the worst.

"I take losses badly anyway, but this is one of the worst."

Watson had looked in control after taking the first set relatively comfortably, but she lost her way in the second before rain stopped play on Wednesday.

Resuming yesterday, Watson came from 4-1 down to lead 5-4, 6-5, 8-7, 9-8 and 10-9 in the decider, but she wobbled at the crucial moments.

Watson will play in the doubles event with Naomi Broady later this week and mixed doubles with Finland's Henri Kontinen.

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