Johanna Konta refuses to blame lack of energy for Anastasija Sevastova defeat at US Open

Jo Kontas US Open

run came to a shuddering halt with a shock defeat to unseeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova. The British No 1, seeded 13th at Flushing Meadows

, had been eyeing a repeat of the Australian Open when she reached the semi final but Konta’s serve - her biggest weapon - deserted her as she went down 6-4, 7-5. She was broken seven times in a match that lacked atmosphere, with the 24,700 capacity Arthur Ashe Stadium only a quarter full, and right from the start Sevastova, who shocked No 3 seed Garbine Muguruza in th

e second round, looked in control. The Latvian only wobbled late in the second set with the finishing line in sight and Konta saved two match points at 4-5 to give her hope of taking the match into a decider. But Sevastova made no mistake with her third match point at 6-5 and British interest in the women’s singles was over. Anastasija Sevastova returns a shot (Image: Getty) Konta had no complaints about the result.

She sai

d: “I felt I did the best I could today. My opponent played an overall more solid match than I did. “I didn’t play the tennis level that I maybe would have liked to have played, but I competed the best I could. “I

do not go in with an expectation of winning. I went in with the expectation of doing my best and really making sure that I left it all out there, which I did. Read MoreRelated ArticlesAndy Murray relishing mentor role as British young guns Edmund and Ward shine at US Open “If I were to be judging myself on results, it would be a very up and down sort of career. I take my enjoyment and my satisfaction of the effort I do put in on a daily basis. So if I look at it like that, I do think I did the best that I could today.” Konta’s on-court collapse during her second round win hit the headlines and she admitted that she was sti

ll conscious of conserving her energy levels during yesterday’s match. But she refused to use that as an excuse for the defeat. Johanna Konta hits a return (Image: AFP/Getty) Read MoreRelated ArticlesBritish number two Dan Evans loses five-set heartbreaker to Stan Wawrinka at the US Open “I think it was just managing my energy levels today - managing what I had left in the tank and really maximising that. “I felt I did that, and unfortunately it wasn’t enough to play the kind of tennis I wanted to play. “I’m sure there are some remnants of the problem I had, but it’s not the reason I lost today.”

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