Misery Continues for Johanna Konta, Yet Again Withdraws From US Open 2021

Published 08/30/2021, 7:20 PM EDT
Aug 11, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Johanna Konta from Great Britain hits a shot against Elina Svitolina from Ukrania (not pictured) during the second round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports


British tennis star Johanna Konta became the latest to withdraw from the US Open despite being in New York for the hard court Grand Slam. Russian youngster Kamilla Rakhimova will take her place and will face Kristina Mladenovic in the opening round.

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Johanna Konta forced to withdraw from the US Open hours before opening round match

Konta struggled for form throughout the 2021 season. She suffered first-round exits at the Australian Open and the French Open, and skipped the Wimbledon Championships after that.

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However, the Briton defeated World No. 5 Elina Svitolina in the National Bank Open, which gave her some much needed confidence. She arrived in Flushing Meadows without being a seed. However, just hours before her opening match against Mladenovic today, disaster struck the World No. 47.

Aug 10, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Johanna Konta of Great Britain hits a shot against Shuai Zhang of China (not pictured) during first round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports.

According to the official WTA Twitter handle, a thigh injury rules out the 30-year-old from the iconic tournament taking place at Flushing Meadows. This opens the door for Rakhimova to take her place as a ‘lucky loser’.

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Rakhimova to face Mladenovic in opening round of the US Open

The 20-year-old Russian recorded victories over Lizette Cabrera and Usue Maitane Arconada in the qualifiers last week. However, she suffered a loss in straight sets to Kristyna Pliskova in her third qualifier on Friday, August 27.

Aug 8, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Kamilla Rakhimova of Russia hits a shot against Amanda Anisimova of the United States (not pictured) in second round qualifying play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Despite her loss, she benefits from Konta’s withdrawal as she makes her maiden appearance in the main draw of the US Open against Mladenovic. In addition, this will be her second appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam since the French Open in 2020.

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