Johanna Konta taking the positives

Konta taking the positives
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Johanna Konta takes the positives from her agonising second-round defeat at the US Open.

Great Britain number five Jonanna Konta has refused to get too downhearted after her US Open exit, despite losing a 5-2 lead in the final set.

Konta, ranked 203 in the world, impressed in the qualifying rounds and beat another higher-ranked opponent in the first round but fell agonisingly close in the second against 67 in the world Belarusian Olga Govortsova.

However, the 21-year-old was keen to focus on the positives after her exit.

"Obviously I would have liked to have made it one more but I think there's a lot of positives from this tournament for me," Konta said. "I believe she raised her level and I unfortunately didn't. I wasn't moving as well as I would have liked and I wasn't serving as well as I would have liked, but credit to her. She played a very solid five games.

"I do not feel, coming off the court, that I let it go. I will speak to my coach Louis Cayer and I will do things differently. I have to improve from every match, win or lose.

"It's definitely positive. I had three very tough rounds in qualifying and this was my first Grand Slam qualifying event ever, so I do think I'm heading in the right direction and picking up on things quickly."

Konta's defeat means that Laura Robson is the last surviving British female competitor at the US Open.

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