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Jo Konta suffers shock exit in US Open first round

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Johanna Konta of England walks off the court after losing her first round match to Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia.

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ByEurosport
28/08/2017 at 20:17 | Updated 29/08/2017 at 02:30

Jo Konta is out of the US Open in the first round after losing 6-4 3-6 4-6 to unseeded Serbian Aleksandra Krunic at Flushing Meadows.

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The seventh seed reached the fourth round a year ago when she lost to Anastasija Sevastova, but suffered a collapse against the world number 78 Krunic after winning the first set in confident manner.

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In the decisive set it was Krunic who held her nerve as she finished off Konta on her second match point when the Briton sent her return long and wide.

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"I feel amazing, happy the way I played the way I fought," said Krunic during her on court post-match interview." I had to be at my best from the first point.

"Today it was all about intensity. I am proud of myself, I was tactically able to do the things I had in my head."

Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia celebrates after match point against Johanna Konta of Great Britain (not pictured) on day one of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

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It was a stunningly quick end for Wimbledon semi-finalist Konta, who had been expected to be among the title contenders after reaching the fourth round here for the last two years.

Konta's defeat completed a disappointing day for Great Britain in New York with Heather Watson's 6-4 6-4 defeat to Alize Cornet ending the country's hopes in the women's singles.

It is Krunic's finest moment since she reached the fourth round at the US Open as a qualifier three years ago by beating Petra Kvitova.

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She hit 34 winners, one more than Konta and made 36 unforced errors, six less than the British woman.

It is only second win against a player inside the top 10 with Konta growing increasingly agitated the longer he match progressed.

It was a stunningly quick end for Wimbledon semi-finalist Konta, who had been expected to be among the title contenders after reaching the fourth round here for the last two years.

Results from the US Open Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday

  • Sloane Stephens (U.S.) beat Roberta Vinci (Italy) 7-5 6-1
  • Ajla Tomljanovic (Australia) beat Johanna Larsson (Sweden) 7-5 6-4
  • Donna Vekic (Croatia) beat Beatriz Haddad Maia (Brazil) 6-2 6-1
  • Zheng Saisai (China) beat Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) 6-4 3-6 6-1
  • Aleksandra Krunic (Serbia) beat 7-Johanna Konta (Britain) 4-6 6-3 6-4
  • Kateryna Kozlova (Ukraine) beat Irina Begu (Romania) 6-2 7-6(7)
  • Duan Yingying (China) beat Claire Liu (U.S.) 7-6(8) 7-6(3)
  • 30-Julia Goerges (Germany) beat Annika Beck (Germany) 6-1 6-0
  • Maria Sakkari (Greece) beat 24-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 6-3 6-4
  • Sofia Kenin (U.S.) beat 32-Lauren Davis (U.S.) 7-5 7-5
  • Sachia Vickery (U.S.) beat Natalia Vikhlyantseva (Russia) 4-6 6-4 6-1
  • Alize Cornet (France) beat Heather Watson (Britain) 6-4 6-4
  • Arina Rodionova (Australia) beat Richel Hogenkamp (Netherlands) 7-5 7-5
  • 13-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) 7-5 7-5
  • 31-Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) beat Camila Giorgi (Italy) 6-3 6-4
  • 3-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) 6-0 6-3
  • Ekaterina Alexandrova (Russia) beat Anna Zaja (Germany) 6-2 6-3
  • 18-Caroline Garcia (France) beat Tereza Martincova (Czech Republic) 6-0 6-1
  • Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Misa Eguchi (Japan) 6-2 6-2
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