2021 Viking Open Nottingham

Konta voices empathy for ‘resilient’ Jones

Fran Jones

Top seed speaks out about fellow Brit’s shock collapse.

Johanna Konta, the British no.1 and top seed who swept aside Dutch qualifier Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove in under an hour in front of 400 spectators on Centre Court today, voiced her support for compatriot Fran Jones.

The morale-boosting success for Australian-born Konta, who beat Pattinama Kerkhove 6-1 6-3 to storm into the last 16 of the Nottingham Open, will appreciate that her compatriot is going through as the former world no.4 has herself recently been forced to retire from WTA Tour matches.

Leeds ace Jones, who suffers from a congenital condition which has resulted in missing fingers and toes, suffered full body cramps during her three set defeat yesterday. But then she had convulsions and collapsed, which forced to leave court in a wheelchair.

“I’m sure that she [Jones] was in a lot of physical pain, but then I’m sure she also had a bit of shock about what happened.

Joanna Konta

“Obviously I’ve had my own difficulties when it comes to things, and it can just leave you feeling quite vulnerable and shocked.

“But Fran is incredibly resilient, honestly she is brilliant. She is incredibly funny and witty so I think for her, more than anything, it will be water off a duck’s back and she will just keep moving forward like she always does.”

🇬🇧 Fran Jones 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta
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