Johanna Konta was unsuccessful once again in advancing past the second round of the Aegon Classic on Thursday, as America’s Coco Vandeweghe caused shock the Brit in her straight set victory in Birmingham.
It was the first time ever that the pair had met on grass and for that matter on any surface for five years, and Vandeweghe’s speed may caught the Great British Number One off-guard.
Vandeweghe comfortably claimed the first set in just 24 minutes, with Konta looking visibly shaken after after barely escaping a bagel at the hand of American Konta managed to win a game back after going 5-0 down, but the set ended 6-1 in the favor of the American.
Stepping up for the second set, Konta looked to be warming up, with her first serve coming good at last at 6-1 1-2, and Vandeweghe’s game started to look slightly error-prone. But it was not long before Vandeweghe broke to take advantage and sailed through to her 6-1 6-3 straight sets win.
After reaching the final at Nottingham, Konta was hoping for an extended run-in with Wimbledon right around the corner. Instead the number four seed here was ran off the court 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour by a woman ranked 23 spots below her in the WTA rankings.
Vandeweghe will now Garbine Muguruza in the next round. Konta, meanwhile, will have to seek practice in the build up to the Wimbledon early next month.