Brilliant Konta through to third round of US Open after epic battle

Jo Konta
Jo Konta

Eastbourne’s Jo Konta recorded the finest victory of her tennis career as she beat world No.9 Garbiñe Muguruza to advance to the third round of the US Open.

Konta, ranked 97th in the world, beat Wimbledon finalist Muguruza 7-6, 6-7, 6-2 on Court 17 at Flushing Meadows in three hours and 23 minutes.

It was an intense battle and the longest of the women’s draw over the first four days.

Konta, 24, is in the form of her life. This was her 15th successive win since losing to Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon – the longest winning streak by a British woman this millennium.

In round three she will face the German 18th seed, Andrea Petkovic and if she wins, Konta will be Britain’s No.1 player as she is currently just 100 ranking points behind Heather Watson.

Speaking after her epic battle a delighted Konta said, “She (Muguruza) didn’t have her best day but she’s an incredible fighter. I had to fight for each point, it wasn’t given to me.

“You don’t think of top-10 players as any different, because then you’ve already lost. I came out here to give my best but humble to know she could beat me. I’ll enjoy this and refocus. I’m so humbled by the amount of support I’m getting here.”

Judy Murray, Konta’s Federation Cup captain, said, “The thing she has always struggled with is anxiety.

“She suffers when she gets into a winning position. She has addressed that and is working with a sports psychologist.

“He’s had a very calming influence and I think he has helped her when she has been in anxious moments.”

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