NOTTINGHAM, England - No.1 seed Johanna Konta notched up her 300th career win when compatriot Tara Moore was forced to retire down 6-2, 3-0 in the first round of the Aegon Open, Nottingham.
The 26-year-old quickly found her footing in her first grass match of the year, breaking her wildcard opponent in the third game on her third break point. Though Moore's biting backhand slice caused Konta minor trouble in the opening stages, the British No.1 kept up the pressure on the World No.213, who needed to fend off a further three break points in her next service game and was broken again to fall behind 2-5.
Konta, serving strongly and redirecting the ball well, faced just one break point herself; by contrast, Moore delivered 10 double faults, many at crucial stages. Visibly struggling with a leg injury, the 24-year-old called a medical time-out after falling behind a double break in the second set, and conceded the match shortly afterwards.