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Konta crashes out in Cincinnati

13th August 2019, 12:07 by Jack Ogalbe

Johanna Konta's poor build-up to the US Open continued as she lost in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters.

The British number one suffered an early defeat last week in Toronto to Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska and was again second best on Monday in Ohio.

Konta went down 6-3 3-6 7-5 to Swedish qualifier Rebecca Petersen, making 45 unforced errors on her way to defeat.

"I'm pleased with the result. I'm happy with the way I'm playing, but I want to go further, and I want to do better," Peterson said. "It was a battle the whole match pretty much.

"I'm really happy with the way I was fighting for every point, and I had to.

"She was playing really tough, and I'm just really happy that I went through."

Elsewhere and Yastremska's rise continued as she defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-4, while French Open champion Ashleigh Barty will face Maria Sharapova after the Russian beat Alison Riske 6-3 7-6 (7-4).

Venus Williams also ended her four-match losing streak with a 7-5 6-2 victory over fellow American Lauren Davis.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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