Britain’s Johanna Konta pulls out of US Open before first match

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·1-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Britain’s number one ranked player Johanna Konta has pulled out of the US Open just hours before her opening match of the final Grand Slam of the year.

Konta, 30, was scheduled to play Kristina Mladenovic from France around 8pm BST. Officials have stated that the world number 47 withdrew as a result of an injury to her left thigh. She joines Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Jen Brady and Jelena Ostapenko who also withdrew of their respective first round matches.

This adds further disappointment to a difficult year, which has also included splitting with coach Dimitri Zavialoff for a second time.

There was a huge positive earlier this month when she beat Ukraine’s world number five Elina Svitolina in Montreal, but she then pulled out of her following match against American teenager Coco Gauff.

Konta, who reached the US Open quarter-finals in 2019, returned to action at the Western and Southern Open a fortnight ago, losing to Czech Katerina Muchova in three sets.

 (AP)
(AP)

Meanwhile, Emma Raducanu’s scheduled first-round opponent Jennifer Brady - the 13th seed and Australian Open runner-up - has withdrawn because of a knee injury.

The British teenager will instead play Swiss world number 128 Stefanie Vogele on her overseas Grand Slam debut.

Raducanu, 18, is aiming to back up her Wimbledon exploits - where she reached the last 16 as a wildcard - after coming through qualifying in New York.

After initially being set to play American Brady on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Raducanu now faces Vogele on court 17 at around 7pm BST on Tuesday.

Read More

Transfer news LIVE! Chelsea battle for Kounde; Mbappe to Real Madrid

Ireland’s men’s and women’s footballers to receive equal pay

Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles makes plea for transfer on Instagram

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting