Johanna Konta crashes out of the US Open in first round

Konta in action at Wimbledon last month

The world number seven made only 45% of first serves against Krunic, ranked 78, with the Serb the more aggressive player as the match progressed.

Heather Watson failed to end her miserable run of results at the US Open as she lost a seventh successive first-round match to Alize Cornet.

Following Andy Murray's withdrawal from the final Grand Slam of the year Konta, the world No 7, will shoulder the burden of British expectation at Flushing Meadows in NY.

Asked how she would deal with the defeat, Johanna said: "I think not to catastrophise is important". It is a tennis match. I would have liked to have involved her for much longer.

She broke Konta early in final set, and while the Briton did manage to break back midway through Krunic held her nerve and returned the unwelcome favour, eventually clinching a 6-4 set victory and progression into the second round, where she will face Croatian Ajla Tomljanović.

Within an hour, the stands had begun to fill and the atmosphere intensified as Krunic began to seriously threaten an unconvincing Konta.

Herbert won 14 points in a row at one stage, including the final 12 of the third set, but Isner took the next 10 and advanced to a second-round affair with South Korea's Chung Hyeon.

A delighted Krunic said at the end of the match: "I feel incredible, I'm happy with the way I played and fought - she is an awesome player and I had to be at my best from the first point".

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She said: "My only responsibility is towards me and towards the work I do and make sure I do myself justice, and also the team around me who work very hard alongside me".

"I felt that she raised her level of tennis consistently throughout the match, whereas I struggled to maintain that and fluctuated a little bit more. She made it very tough for me to be able to get any easier points", she added.

Always philosophical, she also explained: "I don't take anything for granted". I think it would be quite obnoxious of me to come in here expecting I have a right to be in second week.

She is watched closely as fans and pundits predict that she could be the woman to break the dearth of Grand Slam titles for British women; her duo of Slam semi-finals are, so far, the closest she's come.

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza notched up her first ever victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 6-0 6-3 win over American Varvara Lepchenko.

Konta, who admits she comes into the tournament as "a contender", has proven on past visits that she enjoys playing under the bright lights and razzmatazz of playing in the Big Apple.

Kvitota has reached the second round of all three grand slams she has taken part in since returning to action in May, following a lengthy injury layoff. And I'm not the hardest worker. Nevertheless, she had gone into this match having not beaten a top 10 opponent since the 2014 US Open.

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