Brit Konta out in first round
A review of the day one action in the US Open women's singles.
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Britain's Johanna Konta fell at the first hurdle in the US Open with defeat to Israel's Shahar Peer.
Konta secured a place at Flushing Meadows on her own ranking for the first time, but was unable to take advantage, losing 6-2 6-3.
At 118 in the world, Konta is ranked 37 places higher than Peer, but the Israeli has the pedigree, having once been the world number 11.
Konta found Peer simply too steady, a tally of 15 winners and 34 unforced errors for the British number two rather telling its own story.
The Brit had a chance to get back on serve in the second set when Peer slipped to 15-40 serving for the match, but she could not take advantage.
Konta was left cursing missed opportunities after taking just one of eight break points.
"It didn't go the way I wanted it to," said the 23-year-old. "I had my chances and I just wasn't able to capitalise on them. It was frustrating but she played tough in those points. I felt I gave it my best today and that's all I can do.
"It's great being direct acceptance and I've very much enjoyed that here and at Wimbledon. But I definitely want to be getting deeper into these tournaments.
"I've had a lot of changes come my way this year, a lot of personal things. I just need to keep working hard and trust that the results will come."
Maria Sharapova recovered from a slow start to defeat fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko and reach the second round.
It was a potentially tough draw for Sharapova given Kirilenko was ranked in the top 10 last year before injury problems struck.
But for six games Kirilenko more than matched Sharapova, breaking the fifth seed's serve for 3-2 and then holding her own.
Kirilenko was the last player to beat Sharapova in the opening round of a grand slam at the Australian Open in 2010.
She was quickly pegged back this time, though, Sharapova recovering to 4-4 and then breaking serve again to take the opening set.
Try as hard as she might, Kirilenko simply could not stem the run of games against her and by the end of a 6-4 6-0 victory, Sharapova had racked up 10 in a row.
To compound Kirilenko's misery, she also needed lengthy treatment to her left ankle.
The French Open champion next meets Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru.
Venus Williams came from behind to defeat Kimiko Date-Krumm 2-6 6-3 6-3 in a battle of the veterans.
Date-Krumm, 43, made a good start but Williams eventually took control before being distracted at 3-0 up in the deciding set when a bee flew close to her as she prepared to serve.
The 34-year-old first tried gently to wave it away, spending more than a minute moving from sideline to sideline while attempting to move it away.
Eventually two ball-people and another helper came out with towels to catch the bee and take it away from the court. With the bizarre incident over, Williams went on to complete the win.
Williams has been in good form of late but does not think that is necessarily an indication that she could have a good run here, though, saying: "I have won slams where I didn't feel like I was playing my best.
"I have won when I felt like I wasn't prepared. I felt like I lost when I thought I was playing amazing. You can't ever tell what exactly it's going to take.
"If I would tell you every win that I have had, it took something a little bit different to win that tournament. So unfortunately there is no magic formula besides you better play really well and you better figure it out somehow."
Second seed Simona Halep had to come back from a set down to defeat Danielle Collins 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 6-2 in the first round.
American outsider Collins threatened to cause a major upset at Arthur Ashe Stadium when she dominated the opening-set tie-break against the French Open finalist.
But Halep, who served seven double faults, managed to turn things around and win the next two sets comfortably to set up a second-round meeting with Jana Cepelova, who defeated Maria Teresa Torro Flor 2-6 7-5 6-1.
Sixth seed Angelique Kerber was also pushed to three sets before coming through to clinch a 6-2 3-6 7-5 win against Ksenia Pervak, who may have closed out the upset if not for her 56 unforced errors.]
Caroline Wozniacki, a former finalist in New York, was another player who found the going tough on day one. She was pushed into a third set by Magdalena Rybarikova but in the early stages of the decider the Slovak was forced to retire with a hip injury.
Number four seed Agnieszka Radwanska had a much easier route through to round two as she thrashed Sharon Finchman 6-1 6-0 in just 47 minutes.
Sara Errani (13), Lucie Safarova (14) and Sabine Lisicki (26) were all straight-sets winners but one seed to fall was French Open quarter-finalist Garbine Muguruza.
The Spaniard, who upset Serena Williams at Roland Garros back in May, went down 6-3 7-6 (7/4) to the experienced Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.