Krunic stuns Britain's No.1 Konta in US Open first round

Ross Houston
August 29, 2017

Krunić is no stranger to US Open success.

On a day in which Krunic was swinging freely, nothing came easy for Konta. I had to be at my best from the first point. She could not respond after being broken for 4-3, and played too much up the middle of the court. "I am now winning more matches and that is what matters". Definitely less than me, I think.

"Today it was all about intensity". "I need a few matches to get into the rhythm". The surface is different.

"It's not an easy loss to take", she said. "I would have liked to have been involved here for much longer". She was able to raise her level throughout the match and mine fluctuated.

Konta became the first top 10 casualty of an event which, theoretically, could even have seen her ascend to world number one.

Her brilliant run to the semi-finals of Wimbledon marked her out as a contender for the title in NY on her favoured hard courts and she went into the tournament as one of eight players in the race to be world No 1.

The emotional energy Konta exerted advancing to the Wimbledon final four has left her looking a little drained during the North American summer hard-court season.

She joined another British player, Heather Watson who also lost in the first round.

Britain's best hope of glory at the US Open, Johanna Konta, has crashed out of the Grand Slam in the first round.

Covering the court with determination, Krunic repelled almost everything her harder-hitting opponent threw at her over the final two sets and showed no trace of nerves winning three of the final four games. Ranked No.78, Krunic is looking to recreate the magic of her breakthrough run at the 2014 US Open, where she defeated No.27 Madison Keys and No.4 Petra Kvitova en route to the fourth round as a qualifier - her best Grand Slam result to date.

The 24-year-old Belgrade baseliner will play Ajla Tomljanovic in the second round. The final score was 4-6 6-3 6-4.

There were signs this would not be straightforward when Krunic pulled back from 1-4 to 4-4 in the opening set, although Konta went on to take it.

In a show of jitters, Konta tried to dislodge Krunic from the baseline with a drop shot, but the Serbian sped up to it quickly and deposited a backhand victor.

Composure helped Krunic close.

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