The comments came from British No 1 Annabel Croft, who also added that she looked “shaky” and “flustered” as the Briton, the seventh seed here, was beaten 1-6, 7-6, 7-4 by Taipei’s Hsieh Su-Wei.
The World No 109 came back from losing the first set in just 23 minutes to continue Konta’s miserable run at Roland Garros of three defeats in her three games.
Speaking on Eurosport , Croft said: “The start was so fantastic for Jo but Hsieh was very tricky, using an unorthodox style with the two hands on both sides.
“In the second set, Jo started to look very shaky with her forehand side, then the backhand started to break down. She looked extremely flustered, we saw her often looking up to the coaches box.
“For so much of the last two years, we’ve been marvelling at how Jo applies herself, how she takes her game to her opponent and she doesn’t let anything get in the way of that.
“But today, almost the entire match after that first set, her facial expressions were one of terror and exasperation. She’s going to be so bitterly disappointed, because this was a really good draw for her.”
French Open odds 2017: Who is favourite to win at Roland-Garros? Tue, May 30, 2017
Express Sport runs through the favourites to win the French Open, based on odds provided by 888Sport
Play slideshow REUTERS 1 of 14
Marin Cilic – 80/1
The thing is, I most importantly play tennis for myself
And yet less than an hour after coming on court, she appeared at her press conference with a huge smile on her face.
“Well, the thing is that my expectations are never results-orientated,” she beamed. “In that sense, whether I’ve lost first round or third round or quarters, I do my best to not judge myself on that aspect.
“Obviously, I like to be involved in a tournament for as long as possible, and I would have liked to have been involved here longer.
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
“But I do feel I’m a better player at the end of this last few weeks on the surface than I was at the beginning and that is the most I can ask of myself: to keep improving.
“If that doesn’t always come through in results, that’s part of sport.”
But with a return home to Eastbourne and the grass court season coming up, British people will be expecting great things from the eighth best tennis player in the world. Effectively, Konta indicated that she does not care.
Jo Konta looks dejected as she shakes hands with Hsieh Su-Wei
“The thing is, I most importantly play tennis for myself,” she said. “And I play tennis for my own enjoyment.
“I think if I were to approach every match and every tournament according to external expectations, that would be quite a difficult existence to live.
“All I can promise whenever I go out on court is that I will always do my best. Whether that comes away with a win or a loss, I don’t know.
“That depends a lot on the day, a lot on the level that I can produce, and also what my opponent can produce on the day.” Hsieh yesterday produced side-arm serves, drop shots and deft slice on both sides. Konta appeared simply to resolve to hit her shots harder and harder.
Having blasted her away in the first set, a nervy second set reached a tie-break, and Konta showed first, securing the first two points.
Jo Konta has crashed out of the French Open in the first round for the third year in a row
Just seven points later, Hsieh had rattled of the win and the players were into a third set.
Again Konta could not find any answers and finally slapped a weak return on match point into the net.
“It is not very easy to play a seed in the first round because they are very positive, their body is and strong,” said the 31-year-old Hseih. “I just enjoy my tennis and try to do my shots – try to be positive on the court.”
***Watch the French Open LIVE on Eurosport and via the Eurosport Player.