Konta was making her third appearance in the Roland Garros main draw, she never won a match and will have to wait another year to try to do it. 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. "I would have liked to have done better with my frustration".
"I think I definitely created some opportunities; I think I didn't do well enough in necessarily converting them", she said.
"But, in terms of the match that I played and the improvements that I feel I've made and that I have spoken to my team about, and we all seem to be on the same page".
Konta, ranked eighth in the world, was off to the ideal start and flew through the first set in just 23 minutes and was well and truly on top.
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Konta began the match on fire and looked destined for a straight-sets victory when she went up a mini-break in the second-set tiebreak.
There was no hiccup on court Suzanne Lenglen for Rafael Nadal, who started his bid to win a 10th title at Roland Garros with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Benoit Paire. Townsend toppled Japanese qualifier Miyu Kato 6-4, 6-0 in her first-round match.
But the world number 109 found her feet and played some impressive tennis to complete a remarkable change in fortunes and wrap up a 1-6 7-6 6-4 win after two hours and 15 minutes.
Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina sealed her spot in the second round of the French Open, while Madison Keys ended a four-match losing streak by winning on clay for the first time this year. Sorana Cirstea beat Peng Shuai and will play against the 21th seeded player Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Maria Sakkari.