NewsCO.com.au – Johanna Konta beaten by Barbora Strycova in Pan Pacific OpenJohanna Konta beaten by Barbora Strycova in Pan Pacific Open

September 21, 2017

Johanna Konta was competing in her first tournament since her shock opening-round defeat at the US Open

British number one Johanna Konta has been knocked out of the Pan Pacific Open after a 7-5 7-6 (7-5) defeat by Czech Barbora Strycova.

The world number seven held a 3-0 lead in the first set before Strycova fought back to take the opener.

Konta, 26, wasted two set-point chances on the world number 25’s serve in the second set as the Czech held and then won the tie-break to seal victory.

“I’m very emotional and very happy that I won against Johanna,” said Strycova.

“I tried to focus on every point. She’s such a tough opponent to play, she doesn’t give you anything for free, you have to work for it.”

The 31-year-old will face Russian world number 23 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarter-finals.

Konta was playing her first match since her shock opening-round defeat at the US Open.

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