With Misfortunes Looming Johanna Konta Retires From Australian Open 2021

Published 02/09/2021, 4:41 AM CST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 18: A disappointed Johanna Konta of Great Britain walks off the court after losing her second round match against Bernarda Pera of the United States on day four of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


British tennis player Johanna Konta is currently in Melbourne, competing at the season’s first Grand Slam tournament. Johanna was up against Solvenia’s Kaja Juvan in the first round.

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In an unfortunate turn of events, the World No. 13 was forced to retire from the match as she suffered from an issue surrounding her abdominal area. Konta retired from the match at 6-4 0-2. 

After claiming the first set 6-4, Konta had the upper hand as she required to win a set to move into the next round. But during the match, she needed medical assistance and had to tape her stomach and have her hip treated.

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It seems like a serious injury or else the former World No. 4 would have completed the match. 

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND – JUNE 26: Johanna Konta of Great Britain looks on dejected after losing her women’s singles match against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia during day three of the Nature Valley International at Devonshire Park on June 26, 2019 in Eastbourne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for LTA)

Johanna Konta retires very early in the second set

During the second set, she looked uncomfortable and after getting broken in her opening service game, she decided to end her journey at this season’s Australian Open.

It’s an unusual situation where a player retires from a match after being one set up and having the advantage in the match, which goes to indicate the situation is serious. 

After Konta’s exit, it leaves only two British players competing at the season’s first Grand Slam – Cam Norrie and Heather Watson. 

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Johanna’s best performance in the Australian Open was in 2016 when she reached the semifinal. She lost to eventual champion Angelique Kerber that year. 

In the previous season, Konta lost in the first round of the Australian Open. After that, she was seen at the US Open and came as far as the second round. Later at Roland Garros, she made an early exit after her opening-round loss.

The British player had a successful season in 2019. During that year, she reached the semi-final at the French Open. After that, she was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and the US Open

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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