Olympic24: US Open star Konta nearly choose athletics over tennis career

Olympic24: US Open star Konta nearly choose athletics over tennis career

05 September 2015 / 09:09
Latest from New York ahead of crunch third round matches and five medals for Great Britain at the rowing World Championships. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

Jo Konta ready for third round US Open clash with Andrea Petkovic 
Andy Murray worried five setter might take its toll at Flushing Meadows
Five medals for Great Britain at rowing World Championships

Tennis star Konta admits sporting career could have been so different

Jo Konta might have been dreaming of representing Team GB over 800m at Rio next year had it not been for a quirk of geography.

Konta beat Wimbledon finalist and ninth seed  Garbine Muguruza to reach the third round of the US Open, where she will play Germany's Andrea Petkovic for a place in the last 16.

She said: "My dad wanted me to be a swimmer but I kept getting ear infections and I did a bit of athletics, I was an 800m runner. 

"With tennis, my mum played a bit and my uncle still plays to this day, so tennis was always around, but the only reason I started playing was that there was a tennis centre right next to my primary school.

"They did after-school camp, both my parents were working, so I guess if it had been an athletics centre it might have been a different story."

Murray feeling sore after five set scare in New York

Andy Murray was pushed the distance in the second round at the US Open - and admits he's worried it might take its toll.

The number three seed needed to summon all his fighting spirit to beat  France's Adrian Mannarino 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 in soaring temperatures in New York.

He faces world number 30, Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, today and should he win it won't get any easier - with Kevin Anderson, Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer likely opponents just to reach the final.

"In these conditions, it can take its toll later on in the tournament," Murray said.

"But you don't always have the luxury of winning matches in straight sets. Sometimes you have to fight through if you're not playing your best.

"Normally the next day is when you feel it, when you wake up, you get stiff and sore but that's why I obviously surround myself with the team that I do to recover as best as possible."

Five medals and a Rio quota place for GB at rowing Worlds

Mat Tarrant could barely contain his delight after he and Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell claimed one of two GB golds at the Rowing World Championships in France.

The lightweight men’s pair Tarrant and Reilly O’Donnell – along with cox Henry Fieldman – were joined on the top step of the podium by fellow lightweight men’s pair Joel Cassells and Sam Scrimgeour as Great Britain had a day to remember.

There were also three silver medals to celebrate while Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley not only qualified for Sunday’s double scull final but also secured the boat a quota spot for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

And Tarrant was left beaming after he and Reilly O’Donnell finished on the top step of the podium, while Scrimgeour was left pinching himself in amazement.

“It was awesome and I can’t ask for anything more,” Tarrant said. “We had a solid race and we would not have been happy with anything but gold."

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