FLAKY Jo Konta melted within the New York sunshine as she was dumped out of the US Open by an ice-cream promoting Romanian.
The frustrated British No 1 might be feeling sore on the aircraft again to the UK on the means she departed New York following defeat to Sorana Cirstea.
Brit Jo Konta nonetheless believes she will win a Grand Slam regardless of a shock exitCredit score: EPA
Romanian outsider Sorana Cirstea was outplayed within the first set however battled again to KO British No1 Jo Konta within the US Open second sphericalCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
Requested if she nonetheless retained the assumption she might win a Main in the future, she replied: “Sure, I do. That’s why I preserve enjoying. That’s why I preserve coaching.”
Requested what went unsuitable, Konta added: “Effectively, my opponent performed higher than me.
“I clearly began higher. I believe my degree was quite a bit increased than hers within the first set.
“However she’s a fantastic participant. She’s had some superb outcomes additionally prior to now in her profession.
“She clearly raised her degree. We had been battling form of toe-to-toe, actually.
“She simply was higher in the long run. What we’ve seen in each event is that these are the perfect gamers on the planet, to allow them to play unimaginable tennis. That’s what she did.”
Konta, the No 9 seed, gained the opening set in opposition to Cirstea and seemed accountable for the second-round conflict.
But she then misplaced her means, misplaced her serve and was bombed out 2-6 7-6 6-4.
This was simply the second time the 2 had met since that notorious Fed Cup World Cup play-off tie in April 2017.
The Brit was left in tears after being verbally abused by foul-mouthed Romanian captain Ilie Nastase, who was later banned from the tie.
Cirstea claimed Konta had “over-reacted” by crying of their match however the triumphant Brit defended her actions.
No9 seed Jo Konta appeared in command however misplaced 2-6 7-6 6-4Credit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
Cirstea — whose household personal an ice-cream manufacturing unit in Romania — received off to a disastrous begin.
The nervous world No 77 opened up with a double fault after which she was damaged 3 times within the first set.
Konta secured the first-set benefit with a stunning backhand winner.
Martina Navratilova, who is aware of a factor or two about Grand Slam tennis, tipped Konta to win in straight units.
However that prophecy proved inaccurate because the Konta first serve began to unravel and the Bucharest battler drew degree with a blistering ace within the second-set tie-breaker.
Konta took an prolonged eight-minute rest room break earlier than the third set, possibly attempting to unsettle her opponent.
However she was then damaged in a ten-minute seventh recreation.
And Cirstea sealed the upset with an excellent ace.