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Konta loses on return to motion

Konta had received two of the pair’s three earlier conferences

Britain’s Johanna Konta misplaced out to American Shelby Rogers in Adelaide in her first match since her Australian Open retirement.

Third seed Konta was overwhelmed 6-2 6-2 by the world quantity 53 within the final 16 of the Adelaide Worldwide.

She was compelled to desert her opening spherical match in Melbourne with an belly damage.

And though Konta confirmed few ill-effects from that, Rogers’ return proved the stronger.

She broke early within the first set, going 3-1 up and holding her benefit and did the identical within the second set, taking a 3-2 lead and successful the final three video games to proceed her good begin to 2021.

The 28-year-old reached the fourth spherical on the first Grand Slam of the 12 months earlier than dropping out to prime seed Ash Barty.