British number one Johanna Konta admits Caroline Garcia proved her class after she was unable to get past the sixth seed in the first round of the US Open.
The 27-year-old never found her rhythm at Flushing Meadows in New York and lost 6-2 6-2 in the end. She struggled on serve against her French opponent and her exit now means that no British women is left in the singles.
Konta was unseeded for the first time at a Grand Slam since the Australian Open in 2016 and has now fallen to 46th in the world rankings.
Konta admitted Garcia was far too good for her on Tuesday but insists her game is still in a good place.
When asked about her opponent, Konta told reporters: “She played a high level consistently throughout the whole match, made it very difficult for me to get any momentum.
“She showed why she is number six in the world. I’m definitely in a much better place now in terms of the enjoyment that I have of what I do, and the motivation I do it with.
“That has got stronger and stronger as the year has gone on.”
Garcia is now 26.00 to win the women’s tournament, while Serena Williams is the 5.00 favourite.
In the men’s event, Roger Federer cruised into the US Open second round after he beat Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.
The 37-year-old needed just one hour and 52 minutes to win 6-2 6-2 6-4 and he is 6.00 to lift the trophy.