Johanna Konta loses French Open qualifier to Galina Voskoboeva

Johanna Konta

Britain will have only three players in singles action at the French Open after Johanna Konta became the last to fall in qualifying.

Konta, the British number three, lost a dramatic second-round match against 10th seed Galina Voskoboeva, 4-6 6-3 7-5.

The result means that when the main draw begins on Sunday, Laura Robson, Heather Watson and Elena Baltacha will be Britain's singles representatives at Roland Garros.

Andy Murray's absence through injury means there will be no British men for the first time since 1994.

James Ward was ranked too low to gain a qualifying place, while Brydan Klein, who only recently switched his allegiance from Australia, lost in the first round of qualifying, as did Anne Keothavong and Tara Moore.

Konta beat China's Saisai Zheng in her opening match on Wednesday and went close to claiming another win against Voskoboeva, ranked 47 places higher at 168 in the world.

The Briton, 22, saved three early break points before going on to dominate the first set and move into a seemingly commanding position at 2-0 and 0-40 in the second.

However, with the match slipping away, Voskoboeva let rip and reeled off five straight points that turned the match around.

In conditions that fluctuated continually between sunshine, rain, a bitingly cold wind and, at one stage, a hail storm, Konta recovered an early break in the final set and was battling hard at 4-4 when another gale blew across Court 15.

With umbrellas flying out of spectators' hands and red dust whipped up off the court, the Briton was broken in a dramatic game, screaming: "I've got to do something about my serve!"

Konta got a reprieve as the rain suddenly worsened, bringing a halt to the match for the second time, and on the resumption she broke back to level at 5-5.

The serve remained vulnerable though, and Voskoboeva's flat, heavy returns did the damage once more as she broke for the fifth time, before serving out the victory after two hours and 28 minutes.

With Watson due back after two months out with glandular fever, and Baltacha playing her first major tournament since the Olympics because of injury problems, much British attention will focus on where Robson is placed when the draw is made on Friday.

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