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Wimbledon 2017: Johanna Konta races through first round

04 Juillet 2017

Last Thursday, Konta sustained a back injury which led to her withdrawal from the Eastbourne Invitational semi-finals, but she showed no ill effects in registering a 6-2 6-2 victory over Hsieh. All that fretting that Konta's aching thoracic spinal cord would cause Britain's best hope to miss her home tournament felt like a fuss over nothing when she commenced her Wimbledon campaign with a serene 6-2, 6-2 victory against the inventive but flimsy Hsieh Su-wei, the Taiwanese doubles specialist who knocked her out of the French Open, even though it was only on Sunday that fretting over the frightful bang to her head, that sent pain tumbling into her upper back, receded.

It means the No 6 seed will face either Donna Vekic or Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the next round.

Konta needed little over an hour to power past Hsieh, breaking the world number 113's serve five times in a routine win.

Johanna Konta has said that she is "feeling well" after she brushed aside the challenge of Hsieh Su-Wei in the Wimbledon first round.

I'm very happy to have come through that. I was really looking forward to trying again to beat her and I'm happy I was able to come through that.

She struggled with form through the entire two month-clay swing, winning just two matches from Stuttgart to the French Open, but she has always felt at home on the turf.

There had been doubts about her fitness after her heavy fall in Eastbourne, but she came through a practice session on Sunday and had no problems with her movement or power on Monday.

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With the women's field wide open in the absence of pregnant 2016 champion and 23-times grand slam victor Serena Williams, Konta is among the women being tipped for a run at the title - 40 years after Briton Virginia Wade lifted the trophy in 1977. In five visits to the main draw here, this Sydney native of Hungarian extraction - who now lives in Eastbourne - has won a solitary match, last year's first round encounter against Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.

Hsieh delivered three double faults in her first two service games and the Chinese Taipei player was punished in the second as a Konta drive-volley initiated the opening break.

Hsieh held serve at the start of the second but she was to do so only once again - at 5-1 down, when a nervous game from Konta handed her opponent a stay of execution - as the Briton took control of the second set in impressive fashion. She cracked 17 winners past Hsieh, made only 18 unforced errors, served accurately and took the first set in 32 minutes.

At 4-1 up, Konta picked the flawless moment to serve her first ace of the match, leaving her one match from victory but she squandered two match points - nerves, perhaps, a factor again - allowing Hsiesh to recover to take the game to deuce and hold with a forehand victor.

"It is massive compliment that the fans have expectations that I can do well", she told BBC Sport.

'I do know which way to turn for the toilets and the showers in the top-16 locker room, ' she joked when asked whether she's better equipped to deal with life at the top at Wimbledon.

"It was a very business-like performance from Johanna Konta and her team will be pleased with that".

Wimbledon 2017: Johanna Konta races through first round