Konta raises British spirits

  • Last Updated: August 23 2012, 7:40 BST

Johanna Konta claimed an impressive win over eighth seed Chang Kai-chen to ensure Great Britain's interest in US Open qualifying extended into the second round.

Johanna Konta: Straight-sets winner to move into round two

James Ward, Josh Goodall and Naomi Broady had all lost when Konta stepped onto the court against Chinese Taipei's Chang, but the 21-year-old overcame a rankings gap of 91 places to triumph 6-3 7-6 (7/5).

Konta, who is of Hungarian origin, switched allegiance to Britain from the land of her birth, Australia, earlier this year having lived in England since 2005.

She made her Grand Slam main draw debut at Wimbledon in June as a wild card and went close to upsetting 28th seed Christina McHale, and she showed more of the same spirit on Wednesday.

Having recovered from 0-40 to level at 1-1 in the opening set, Konta made it a run of five games in a row against the hard-hitting but erratic Chang, and then shrugged off the loss of her serve to break once more and take the set.

The second was very tight, and Konta, ranked 205th, looked like she might have missed her chance when Chang saved three match points serving at 6-5 behind, but the British number five fought back from 4-2 down in the tie-break before taking her fifth opportunity.

In the second round on Thursday Konta will face Japan's world number 159 Kurumi Nara, who defeated Germany's Kathrin Woerle 6-4 4-6 6-3.

Of the other British players in action, Ward was the only one to win a set, the 25-year-old marking his return from a broken wrist with a 6-3 2-6 6-4 defeat by former top-20 player Dmitry Tursunov.

Ward's injury has seen him overtaken in the rankings by Goodall and Jamie Baker, but Goodall was soundly beaten 6-3 6-2 by Argentina's Guido Andreozzi, being broken four times and failing to earn a single break point of his own.

Broady made the final round of qualifying in New York last year but she, too, fell comprehensively at the first hurdle this time, losing 6-4 6-2 to China's Xu Yi-fan.

The British number five was broken five times as she slumped to defeat.