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French Open: Johanna Konta puts faith in good feeling to banish past failings

• ‘I’m trusting myself right now because of good wins’
• Konta faces Antonia Lottner in fifth bid to make second round

The facts are incontrovertible: Johanna Konta goes into the first round of the French Open tomorrow on Monday against the world No 149 Antonia Lottner aware that she has failed to reach the second round here four times in a row. But, as Britain’s sole representative in the women’s draw pointed out, the game is about more than just facts. It is about feelings.

“You guys will always have an opinion, or ask questions to get an opinion,” the world No 26 told reporters. “That’s just part of our relationship, isn’t it? And you were also basing [opinions] on fact. Factually I didn’t have successful periods on clay in the last couple of years. So, you can only really base things on facts – and I can only speak on how I’ve felt on the surface and how I feel on the surface now. Actually I don’t feel much different.

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