Britain's Johanna Konta suffers shock first-round defeat at French Open

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Great Britain's Johanna Konta has been eliminated from the French Open at the first-round stage for the third year in succession, despite taking a commanding early lead over Hsieh Su-Wei on day three at Roland Garros.

It initially looked as though it would be a walk in the park for Konta as she wrapped up the first set in 25 minutes, but she squandered five break points in the second and was taken to a tie-break.

Seventh seed Konta dominated the first set but eventually went down 1-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 to Taiwanese Hsieh.

"(After the first set) I created opportunities, (but) I didn't do well enough in converting them.

The 26-year-old said: "I guess it's a situation that's slightly unique to me and something that I have experienced over the last two years as I have been playing a lot of tournaments". "I would have liked to have done better with my frustration". I fought the best that I could.

But from unpromising beginnings she turned things around on Court Philippe Chatrier to win 1-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 and reach the second round here for only the second time.

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Hsieh improved in the second set and her unusual slices and drop shots started to frustrate Konta, whose unforced error count began to creep up.

Hsieh took two of three consecutive breaks and then saved four break points serving for the match, clinching it when Konta netted a return.

Hsieh will next play American Taylor Townsend, who beat Japanese qualifier Miyu Kato 6-4 6-0. The former world doubles No. 1 won the Roland Garros doubles in 2014 (a year after winning the Wimbledon doubles).

Ukraines Elina Svitolina in action during her first round match of the French Open against Kazakhstans Yaroslava Shvedova in Paris, on Tuesday.

Carla Suarez Navarro won 6-4 6-2 against Maria Sakkari.

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