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Konta suffers shock defeat on a day of upsets in Wuhan


By Staff Reporter

Johanna Konta crashed out in her opening match at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open as she lost 6-0 4-6 7-6 (7-3) to Australia's Ashleigh Barty. The British fifth seed seemed to have survived an early scare, fighting back from losing the first set heavily to take the second before serving for the match and a place in the last 16 - only to let Barty back into the contest.

Konta struggled for rhythm early on as she lost the first seven games, with Barty taking the opening set to love in the process.

The World No.7 broke for 4-3 and saw out the second set, before breaking again early in the decider with an impressive, and powerful, forehand winner.

However, serving for the match at 5-4, Konta blew a 30-15 lead, sending a smash wide on break point.

World No.37 Barty took full advantage to force a third-set tie-break, which she dominated from the outside to progress.

Elsewhere, both of the US Open finalists were also knocked out in the opening round on a day of shocks at the Wuhan Open.

Sloane Stephens, who won her maiden Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows two weeks ago, lost 6-2 6-2 to China's Qiang Wang, while runner-up Madison Keys was defeated 6-2 7-6 (7-4) by Varvara Lepchenko.

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