Johanna Konta and Petra Kvitova crash out of China Open at first hurdle

Johanna Konta in action

Johanna Konta’s dreadful year has continued after she was beaten by Julia Goerges in the first round of the China Open.

Goerges’s 6-2 4-6 6-3 win means that, astonishingly, Konta has not beaten a top-10 player since beating Simona Halep at Wimbledon in 2017.

Fifth-seed Petra Kvitova is also out after being dismantled 6-2 6-1 by Australia’s Daria Gavrilova.

World number six Elina Svitolina also fell in the first round, losing 0-6 6-4 7-6 to Aleksandra Krunic.

There was more joy for Jelena Ostapenko, though, as she overcame Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4 7-6.

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