British Johanna Konta failed to reach the second round in the US Open at Flushing Meadows after losing to Serb Aleksandra Krunic 4-6 6-3 6-4.
The Brit who among seven others could have taken top spot from world number one Karolina Pliskova suffered a disappointing defeat to the world number 78.
When asked after the game what the defeat meant to her, Konta replied; “I think not to catastrophise is important.
“It is a tennis match. It’s a sport. I think to have a healthy perspective on that, in general, goes a long way”.
Konta who could not stand the brilliance of the Serb said after the game; “I don’t think I necessarily played my best tennis, but my opponent also had something to say about that”.
“She played very freely, I felt, and she moved incredibly well. She made it very tough for me to be able to get any easier points”, she added.
She further concluded by saying; “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 the second week”.
Konta joins Heather Watson as the two British women out of the tournament.
Aleksandra Krunic who reached the second round at the expense of the British and will face Ajla Tomljanovic in the second round added her voice after the game saying; “Three years ago everything worked out well in that week”.
“Before and after that I was not a hard worker, this year I have been working really hard and I try and cool myself down on the court- I am not sure if it is obvious, it is hard”, said the Serb.
“I am now winning more matches and that is what matters”, she concluded.
Elsewhere, there was a second round passage for eight-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams who saw off Viktoria Kuzmova 6-3 3-6 6-2.
Venus, 37, who was pushed to the wire by the teenager said after the tie; “I didn’t do a lot wrong, she just just stepped it up”.
“I just want to win, and if you win you get the ranking. Winning is all I want to do”, she continued.
Venus Williams who has not won at the US Open at Flushing Meadows since 2001 and aiming for her major Grand Slam since 2008 is one of those that can claim top spot and will now take on French Oceane Dodin on Wednesday.
Dane Caroline Wozniacki also reached the second round with straight sets victory over Mihaela Buzarnescu.
The Dane beat Buzarnescu 6-1 7-5 to advance and will now face Ekaterina Makarova from Russia in the next stage.