By Ros Satar

  • Caroline Garcia [6] def. Johanna Konta 6-2 6-2
NEW YORK, USA – Johanna Konta bowed out of the US Open in the first round, outgunned by No. 6 seed Caroline Garcia in straight sets.

 

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Caroline Garcia [6] def. Johanna Konta 6-2 6-2

Despite some green shots of confidence returning to the British No. 1 Johanna Konta, it was a brutal draw at this year’s US Open, as the Np. 6 seed Caroline Garcia put on a commanding display to send Konta out of the US Open in the first round.

Both played solidly and aggressively but Garcia’s pace and weight of shot put Konta in the position of really having to go for her own shots, and the pressure told throughout the match with far too many errors on the side of the Brit.

Garcia struck first with a loose game from Konta for a 3-1 lead, before breaking once more to take the first set. She repeated the pattern exactly in the second set. To give some kind of perspective – Konta did not get one break point chance at all on the Frenchwoman’s serve.

Her serve looked as though it was crumbling when she faced break points (30% first serve percentage when facing a break point), and was crushed by Garcia’s adeptness at the net.

As reported by BBC Sport, Konta explained: “She played a high level consistently throughout the whole match, made it very difficult for me to get any momentum. She showed why she is number six in the world.”

 

Getting her enjoyment back

Konta has confirmed over the past few weeks that her run to the higher rankings last year came at a price.

READ MORE | Western & Southern Open 2018 | Konta: ‘Heading right way, however quick or slow it takes’

Western & Southern Open 2018 | Konta: ‘Heading right way, however quick or slow it takes’

Konta will next play in Tokyo, which takes place between 17-23 September.

 

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