Tennis - French Open

Konta through, Keothavong out in Roland Garros qualifying

Anne Keothavong lost her first preliminary round contest to Eva Birnerova at the French Open, but Johanna Konta advanced.

 
Konta through, Keothavong out in Roland Garros qualifying - Tennis - French OpenAFP
 

Konta, the British number three, beat China’s Saisai Zheng 6-1 6-3 and will meet Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan next.

Keothavong, however, was bagelled in the deciding set of her prelim opener by Czech player Birnerova after the two ladies traded sets at 6-3 apiece.

Another qualifying hope on the WTA side, British number five Tara Moore, was beaten in straight sets by Bulgarian-born Kazakh Sesil Karatantcheva 6-3 6-3.

The two highest-ranked British females, Laura Robson and Heather Watson, will proceed straight to the main draw which happens on Friday.

The clay Grand Slam in France begins properly on Sunday.

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