The British No 1 failed to build on her French Open form as Latvian Jelena Ostapenko turned on a dominating display to run out a 6-3, 6-4 winner.

But Konta bowled up to the after-match press conference with the new love of her life in her arms – her 10-month-old Dachsund Bono.

The mutt, named after the U2 rock legend, might not have given her The Edge on the court but off it he’s the perfect tonic in defeat.

Konta said: “If I need anything to pick me up after losing then I just look at my dog.

“Anyone who is struggling then just look at that face and you just know you’re going to feel better.”

Konta had no grumbles about the emphatic fashion of her defeat, saying that she just ran into an opponent in blistering form.

She added: “I have no complaints. I couldn’t do an awful lot about it. Any mistake I made seemed to have big consequences.

“I just couldn’t build any momentum. I knew going into the match that there was a danger something like that could happen because she is very hard to play when she’s at her best.

“I still felt like I did a lot of good things out there but she just made it difficult for me and I didn’t get too many opportunities.”

Konta may still not have found what she’s looking for as the big one at Wimbledon approaches but next-up it’s Eastbourne and a bit of quality time with her parents.

She added: “I like Eastbourne because I get some time with my mum and dad.

“My parents always love having me home and hopefully I will get a few more matches there!”

source: express.co.uk

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