Konta looks at the positives
Johanna Konta refused to dwell on what might have been after she suffered a heart-breaking end to her run at the US Open.
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The British No.5 had beaten four higher-ranked players to come through qualifying and reach the second round at Flushing Meadows, where she met Belarusian Olga Govortsova.
Konta began brilliantly and then recovered from losing the second set to lead 5-2 in the decider, but twice was broken when serving for the match and, hampered by a left thigh problem, ended up losing 2-6 6-2 7-5.
Govortsova is ranked 67th compared to Konta's 203, although she is likely to climb close to the top 150 with the points she has won here.
The 21-year-old said: "My whole trip to the US has been quite full on, I've played a lot of matches, which is a good thing. 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.
"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 (coach) Louis (Cayer) and I will do things differently. I have to improve from every match, win or lose.
"But it's definitely positive. I had three very tough rounds in qualifying and this was my first grand slam qualifying event ever, Wimbledon was my first grand slam, so I do think I'm heading in the right direction and picking up on things quickly."
Konta raced out of the blocks to win the first four games, but Govortsova got a foothold in the match at the end of the first set and then piled on the pressure at the start of the second.
Konta began to make more mistakes but took a bathroom break at the end of the second set, composed herself and come out firing once more.
Govortsova looked to be the one getting tight on her serve and she trailed by two breaks at 3-0 and then 5-2 in the third set, but Konta just could not get over the line.
The 21-year-old will now head home to Eastbourne and plans to play next at the ITF tournament in Shrewsbury next month.
Her next taste of grand slam tennis will come in Australia in January, where she has ambitions of direct entry into the draw, which would mean getting her ranking up to around 100.
It will be a first trip back to the country she left in 2005 and which she represented until her British citizenship came through in May.
Konta said: "I will definitely be heading to Australia. I haven't been back since 2005 so it'll be interesting. I'm very happy that I'm going back with Great Britain next to my name.
"Having played so many matches here can only help me for Australia and the more I play, the more I'll feel comfortable. Already I feel very comfortable, I very much enjoy the stage.
"There's still tournaments until the end of the year and I haven't got much to defend at all so that can only help to being as close to main draw as possible."