Wimbledon 2016: Johanna Konta wins her first ever game at All England Club to set up Bouchard tie

Living up to her number 16 seeding, Johanna Konta is through to the second round at Wimbledon for the first time

Wimbledon 2016: Johanna Konta wins her first ever game at All England Club to set up Bouchard tie
Johanna Konta has suffered four first-round losses at Wimbledon | photo: The Telegraph

There was no time at all for British No.1 Johanna Konta to mull over her slim failure in becomming the first British woman to reach an Eastbourne final since 1976, after the 25-year-old reached the second round of Wimbledon for the first time in her career

Despite concerns of an injury during her discouraging 6-7 6-3 6-3 defeat to Karolina Pliskova in the Eastbourne semi-final last Friday, she lived up to being 16th seed at SW19 to book a tie with Eugenie Bouchard in round two. 

Facing the dangerous Puerto Rican Monica Puig in her first round tie, Konta resumed her rain-delayed match from Tuesday, recovered from an early break to prevail in straight sets, 6-1 7-5.

Konta races out to 1-0 lead on Tuesday 

Despite the injury scare, Konta showed no concern of her fitness, in the third round Eastbourne win over Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

She unexpectantly  rose a place in the seeds after Victoria Azarenka’s withdrawal from the competition due to a right knee injury, allowing her access to the prestigious locker room for the top players at SW19.

Monica Puig in action at WImbledon (image via: zimbio)

In her first round at the All England Club, Konta's serve was doing its job for the British No.1, and along with her solid base game, she left nothing to chance as she raced through in winning the first set in 23 minutes.

Making it difficult for Puig to find any sort of momentum, Konta didn't allow the outsider to build any confidence and turn the game in her favour.

Konta prevails after dreaded rain break

With the intent of Puig to return well, however, her execution wasn’t there allowing Konta the first set of the match.

Just as Puig began to dig in to help her find some rhythm, the weather caused disputation which delayed the game with the covers being pulled out for the first time in the tournament.

With an emotional draining delay of the game resuming a day later, world number 36 Puig world broke to take a 4-2 lead in the second set, but the 16th seed Konta held her nerve to make a comeback to finish the game brilliantly.

Konta, will now face Canadian youngster Bouchard, who was a Wimbledon finallist in 2014.