Olympic24: Murray and Konta exit US Open

Olympic24: Murray and Konta exit US Open

08 September 2015 / 06:55

Both Andy Murray and Johanna Konta’s US Open dreams were ended, while the home riders endured a tough second stage of the Tour of Britain. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours. 

  • Andy Murray suffers earliest Grand Slam exit for five years in loss to Kevin Anderson
  • Johanna Konta’s run at Flushing Meadows ended by Petra Kvitova
  • Home riders endued tough second stage of the Tour of Britain
  • Charlie Maddock proves she is comfortable in new weight category

Murray’s US Open charge ended by Anderson

Andy Murray 

Andy Murray suffered his earliest Grand Slam exit for five years as he was beaten by 15th seed Kevin Anderson at Flushing Meadows.

The South African won 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-0) in four hours and 18 minutes to reach a first major quarter-final, where he faces Stan Wawrinka.

As for Murray, it is the first time since the 2010 US Open that the British number one has lost before the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam and the Scot was left picking up the pieces.

"That's obviously something that is disappointing to lose," Murray said after a run of 18 Grand Slams in which he made at least the quarter-finals.

"Obviously that's many years' work that's gone into building that sort of consistency. To lose that is tough."

Konta run ended by Kvitova

Johanna Konta 

And Johanna Konta's remarkable US Open run also came to and end as she was beaten by fifth seed Petra Kvitova in the fourth round.

Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, won 7-5 6-3 in the 23,000-seater Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Konta, 24, had only won one Grand Slam main draw match before arriving in New York this year.

She said: "My mum actually reminded me when I was speaking to her yesterday that when we were here back in 2007 for juniors, I said: 'This is like the most amazing stadium.' I completely forgot about that.

"I guess I had a little childhood dream come true, so that's pretty special."

Home riders struggle at Tour of Britain

Owain Doull was the highest-placed home rider as Mark Cavendish's team-mate Petr Vakoc won the second stage at the Tour of Britain to take the overall lead.

The 23-year-old Czech rider, of the Quick-Step team, went clear with 20km remaining of the 159.3km ride from Clitheroe to Colne in northern England.

Vakoc finished seven seconds ahead of Spain's Juan Jose Lobato, with Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen third.

Team Wiggins rider Doull was the best-placed Briton, finishing sixth, while Cavendish came 66th.

That means Cavendish is 21 minutes 53 seconds off the lead after two stages while four-time Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins, who is using the event to prepare for the European Track Championships and Rio 2016, is a further 35 seconds behind.

Maddock throws her weight around

Charlie Maddock 

Charlie Maddock was left toasting a job well done after the European Games champion made light work of stepping up to a new weight division at the Israel Open.

After competing for most of the year at -49kg, Maddock took her place at -53kg and again delivered the goods.

Maddock came from 8-1 down in her opening bout to beat Cypriot Despina Pilavaki 13-10, while wins over Swede Magdalena Fernlund and 2014 European Championship silver medallist Ekaterina Kim of Russia took the 27-year into the final.

There she faced two-time European champion Floriane Liborio but Maddock still triumphed 8-5 to bring home gold and show that she is more than ready to throw her new weight around.

"Some of the girls had fought at -57kg at last month's World Grand Prix in Moscow," explained the 19-year-old.

"So, they were stronger than me. But I felt I had the edge on them with my speed.

"I think I was behind in three of my fights but even then I was enjoying it. It's good to get another title but to keep pushing up the ranking points."

And Ben Haines doubled Great Britain’s medal tally by taking bronze at -74kg, only denied a place in the final on golden point.

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