Johanna Konta hopes her heart problems are behind her after she stormed to her first win since the WTA Tour returned.
The British No 1 required medical treatment for heart palpitations during a defeat to Marie Bouzkova a fortnight ago in Kentucky, her first competitive match back since tennis shut down in March.
But on Monday in the New York heat, Konta was back on court and back to her best, dropping just two games in a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Belgian Kirsten Flipkens to advance to the last-16 of the Western & Southern Open.
The eighth seed, who had a bye in the first round, will face Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva on Tuesday as she looks to lay down a marker ahead of next week’s US Open, which has seen six of the women’s top 10 pull out.
And Konta insists her heart scare will not hold her back at Flushing Meadows, even though she has suffered similar scares three times before.
‘I had two episodes reasonably close together but, before that, I hadn’t experienced it since 2018, so it probably won’t happen, touch wood, for a long time again,’ said the 29-year-old after her 63-minute win.
‘I haven’t gone for any tests, I think they will happen more so when I’m at home. But I am looking at different ways of monitoring it, if and when it does happen.’
Konta also admits she feels safe in the New York bubble, with the Western & Southern Open being staged at the same venue as next week’s US Open instead of its usual home in Cincinnati.
‘I think the bubble here is definitely working,’ added Konta. ‘Everyone is just really motivated and really excited to be back.
‘Everyone is short on matches, so it’s a very odd situation to be in. But I am just pleased to have got a win and set up another opportunity to play. It is my first win in six months, which is a long time.’
In the men’s tournament, Dan Evans was blown away by the big-serving and big-haired Milos Raonic, falling to a 6-3, 7-5 second-round defeat.
The British No 1 had made an impressive return to the ATP Tour on Sunday when he won his opener against world No 14 Andrey Rublev. But despite this time being ranked above his opponent, Evans could not cope with the power of 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Raonic.
The inspired Canadian, who has not had a haircut since January, hit 23 aces and won 33 of his 37 points on first serve – and broke World No 28 Evans once in each set.