September 4, 2020

Cirstea cracks Konta resistance to advance in US Open – tennis



Sorana Cirstea rallied from a set all the way down to upset ninth-seeded Briton Johanna Konta 2-6 7-6(5) 6-Four within the second spherical of the US Open on Thursday. The unseeded Romanian despatched down 38 winners and gained 13 of 16 factors on the web to advance to the third spherical at Flushing Meadows for the third time in her profession.

Konta made a robust begin, breaking Cirstea’s serve within the opening sport earlier than operating away with the primary set, however paid the value for making 40 unforced errors. The 29-year-old grew to become the third top-10 seed to be knocked out of the ladies’s draw, becoming a member of prime seed Karolina Pliskova and quantity 10 Garbine Muguruza in making an early exit.

“I feel my stage was quite a bit increased than hers within the first set,” Konta stated. “We had been battling type of toe-to-toe actually. “I did the very best that I might. I actually fought onerous. I attempted to discover a approach to get her out of the rhythm of enjoying that properly. Total, she was simply the higher participant ultimately.”

Cirstea initially had no reply to Konta’s deep returns, successful solely 42 % of her first serve factors within the first set, however the Romanian grew into the competition, bettering that share to 72 within the second to drive a tiebreak. She raced right into a 6-2 lead and despatched the match right into a decider with an ace.

Cirstea broke early within the third set to go 2-1 up, and although Konta broke again instantly, the Romanian regained the higher hand when she chased down a drop shot to interrupt once more to guide 4-3. Konta earned three break factors within the subsequent sport, however Cirstea battled again for a vital maintain earlier than sealing the win along with her seventh ace. The 30-year-old will face Czech 20th seed Karolina Muchova within the third spherical.