Johanna Konta crashed out of the US Open at the first round for the second year running to complete a miserable Grand Slam year for Britain’s number one.
Konta lost 6-2 6-2 to French sixth seed Caroline Garcia at Flushing Meadows as she failed to progress beyond the second round of any of this year’s four majors and followed Heather Watson in an early exit.
Konta wilted against Garcia on a day when scorching temperatures took their toll in New York with tournament officials offering players the option of a 10-minute heat break.
The 27-year-old was one of the favourites to win last year’s US Open on the back of her Wimbledon semi-final appearance but was sent packing after a first round defeat to Serb Aleksandra Krunic.
And history repeated itself as the former world number four struggled from the outset and a double fault handed Garcia two break points which she took full advantage of.
Konta was then three break points down while serving to stay in the set and managed to save two but not a third as the Frenchwoman claimed the first set.
The Brit was left with an uphill struggle when she was broken as Garcia took a 3-1 lead in the second set before Konta was broken again when serving to stay in the match.
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