• Jo Konta’s 6-3 6-0 result over Louisa Chirico was her 14th win in a row
  • Australian-born Konta was one of five Great Britain players in action
  • She could now face Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza in next round
  • World No 96 Konta beat Muguruza when they met at Eastbourne this year

Mike Dickson for MailOnline

Eastbourne’s Jo Konta got a significant day for British tennis off to a fine start when she raced into the second round of the US Open.

The first of five GB players in singles action, the national No 2 took only an hour to defeat America’s Louisa Chirico 6-3 6-0 to book her place in the second round, where she could play Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza.

It represented a 14th consecutive win for world No 96 Konta, who came through three qualifying matches for this event after winning back to back Challenger level tournaments in Canada, continuing the progress she has been making all summer.

Great Britain's Jo Konta celebrates her US Open first round win over Louisa Chirico on Tuesday

Great Britain’s Jo Konta celebrates her US Open first round win over Louisa Chirico on Tuesday

The Australian-born Brit took only an hour to defeat America’s Louisa Chirico 6-3 6-0 at Flushing Meadows

The Australian-born Brit took only an hour to defeat America’s Louisa Chirico 6-3 6-0 at Flushing Meadows

Chirico was Konta's 14th straight victim for Konta after three qualifying matches and two Challenger wins 

Chirico was Konta’s 14th straight victim for Konta after three qualifying matches and two Challenger wins 

Against the talented but raw 19-year-old American wildcard, based in nearby Westchester, Konta had to fight off some stern resistance in the first set but then powered ahead in the second to gain an unassailable 4-0 lead.

The presently super-confident Konta began the year ranked 148 but through the French Open and UK grass court season her form has soared since basing her training in northern Spain.

Laura Robson, Aljaz Bedene and James Ward were all due to follow her in the day session at Flushing Meadows before Andy Murray’s much anticipated clash under lights on the Arthur Ashe Stadium against Nick Kyrgios.

CONFIDENT KONTA SETS UP REMATCH WITH MUGURUZA

Konta on beating Garbine Muguruza at Eastbourne

Konta on beating Garbine Muguruza at Eastbourne

Should 2015 Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza beat Germany’s Carina Witthoeft on Tuesday evening, it will set up a rematch with Great Britain’s Jo Konta.

Konta, the world No 96, beat the US Open’s ninth seed already this year at her hometown event at Eastbourne.

At the tournament, Konta delivered upset after upset, starting with World No 34 Zarina Diyas, then fourth-seed Ekaterina Makarova in the second round.

She then beat the event’s No 14 seed Muguruza in round three before falling to Belinda Bencic in three sets in the quarter-final. 

Konta's next opponent could be 2015's losing Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza (right) 

Konta’s next opponent could be 2015’s losing Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza (right) 

 

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