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Johanna Konta beaten by Sorana Cirstea at the US Open

BRITISH No.1 Johanna Konta suffered a disappointing second-round defeat to Romania’s Sorana Cirstea at the US Open.

Konta’s run to the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open last week had boosted hopes of another strong grand-slam showing and she led by a set and a break against 77th-ranked Cirstea only to lose 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

Ninth seed Konta (pictured) saved two match points in the ninth game of the decider but Cirstea took her third with an ace. In the men’s draw, Dan Evans and Andy Murray were due in action later last night against Corentin Moutet and Felix Auger-Aliassime respectively.