Jo Konta races through in US Open

Britain’s Jo Konta wasted no time in reaching the third round of the US Open after defeating Margarita Gasparyan 6-1 6-0 at Flushing Meadows.

After spending 12 hours waiting for her match to start yesterday, only for it to be postponed due to rain, Konta breezed past her Russian opponent in just 56 minutes.

After a shaky start, where Gasparyan had a break point in Konta’s opening service game, the Brit quickly adapted to her opponent’s style, overpowering and outmaneuvering Gasparyan. Winning 72% of her first serves, Konta was rarely threatened on her serve, where she hit three aces, while the Russian struggled, hitting five double faults and winning just two points on her second serve.

Wrapping up victory with a bagel, Konta remained focused, adding that her opponent’s style suited her play in her post-match interview.

Konta will fancy her chances of making the fourth round, with either of Ekaterina Alexandrova or 33rd seed Shuai Zhang next up.

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