British no 1 Johanna Konta progresses into US Open second round after battling past Daria Kasatkina at Flushing Meadows
- Konta was forced to scrap for second round spot against her Russian opponent
- The Briton had dictated play and sailed through first set at Flushing Meadows
- Kasatkina then fought back to clinch the second after Konta found the net
- But the British no 1 gained momentum in the decider to ensure progression
Jo Konta’s strong Grand Slam year continues apace as she saw off tricky Russian Daria Kasatkina to make the second round of the US Open.
The British number one coped with the mix of slices and looping balls from a player who was in the top ten last year to win 6-1 4-6 6-2 after errors crept into her game in the second set.
Having made the semis and quarters at the French Open and Wimbledon she has a relatively good draw in the season’s final Grand Slam and will now meet either Pricilla Hon of Australia or Margarita Gasparyan, another Russian.
British no 1 Jo Konta battled into the US Open second round after beating Daria Kasatkina
Konta’s Russian opponent contributed twelve double faults in the clash at Flushing Meadows
While Konta played well, her opponent contributed twelve double faults, the last two of them clinching the match.
“She is no walk in the park and I lost to her the last two times we played,” said Konta, who had several rows with the umpire in the second set. “ I was really pleased I was able to adapt. I’ve played plenty of three setters this year, I’m incredibly pleased to have competed so well against her.”
Qualifier Harriet Dart made a swift exit, going down disappointinhly 6-3 6-1 to Romania’s Ana Bogdan.