Johanna Konta cruises through at US Open after tough opening set against Heather Watson
Johanna Konta is through to the second round of the US Open after a straight-sets win against fellow Brit Heather Watson.
Johanna Konta of Great Britain returns the ball during her Women's Singles first round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain on Day Two of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2020 in the Queens boro
Konta, whose best showing at Flushing Meadows was reaching the quarter-finals in 2019, was pushed all the way in the first set – fending off six set points – before pulling away via a dominant second-set performance.
British No 1 Konta had served for the first set at 5-4 but a resolute Watson broke and forced a tie-break. In fact, Watson, 28, had six opportunities to take the first set – two in game 12 and four more in the tie-break that followed – but it was Konta who took a one-set advantage at the first time of asking.
And from there it was all Konta, who was on the cusp of bageling her Fed Cup team-mate in the second set before eventually taking it 6-1.
After the match a buoyant Konta likened her US Open experience to that of a cruise, saying:
It's kind of like a cruise. I've actually never been on a cruise, but this is how I imagine a cruise to be - we're stuck in the middle of the Pacific and we can't get off the boat, so it's that kind of scenario, as I'm imagining it. I don't feel like I'm in New York. Every so often I see a skyline of Manhattan accidentally, and I'm like, oh my gosh, it's there!