Sorana Cirstea became the latest player to knock out a seed at the US Open, with the Romanian rallying from a set and a break down to upset ninth seed Johanna Konta and reach the third round in NY. "She just was better in the end".
"I think what we've seen time and time again in every tournament is that these are the best players in the world, so on any given day they can play incredible tennis", said Konta.
At 5-3 up, Cirstea had a look at two match points on the Konta serve, before she took the third on her own serve a short time later.
Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Konta says she will definitely play Roland Garros later this month and is undecided on Rome though she believes she is able to travel to Rome without facing a quarantine on arrival. That's what she did. I really fought hard.
Two more women's top ten seeds were defeated on the fourth day of the US Open, as Britain's Johanna Konta and Spain's Garbiñe Muguruza both lost during the day session at Flushing Meadows in NY.
"Credit to Sorana Cirstea, she showed a lot of resistance".
Konta returned to claim victory but was then accused of gamesmanship by an unhappy Cirstea.
After a break apiece in the opening four games, it was Konta who took control of the opening set.
Cirstea seized her chance in the tie-break, clinching her fourth set point with an ace, and her level continued to rise during the third set.
After the efficient 6-2 set, nothing changed drastically from a British perspective at the start of the second as Konta continued to strike the ball with goal.
The pair again traded breaks at the start of the third set but Cirstea made the crucial move she converted her sixth break point in the seventh game as she retrieved a drop volley and dinked over a cross-court victor.
Konta dug deep to save two match points at 3-5 but Cirstea did not allow her any more chances.
Konta, the ninth seed, was defeated in three sets by Romania's Sorana Cirstea in the pair's first meeting since an acrimonious Fed Cup rubber from 2017, which led to Romania captain Ilie Nastase being removed from the grounds.
The British number one will now turn her attention to clay and the French Open, where she reached the semi-finals last summer.