2016 Madrid Open

Illness is knockout blow for Konta

Australian-born Brits ‎taste defeat in Madrid

A tearful Konta consoled by her coach

Johanna K‎onta has been forced to retire from the Madrid Open because of an unexpected upper respiratory illness.

The Eastbourne-based British #1 ‎was competing in the event and was trailing her 1st Round encounter against France’s Caroline Garcia.

But the 24-year-old was experiencing troubles with her breathing on the clay court and after receiving medical attention opted to end her interest in Spain.

Garcia was gifted a route to the 2nd Round with a 6-4 2-1 retired success.

And former British #1 Laura Robson, who used her protected world ranking of #58 to enter the main draw, also bowed out of the tournament at the first hurdle.

World #5 Victoria Azarenka, the Belarussian who is on a resurgent spree this season, proved too hot to hand and gave Robson a tennis lesson in finishing with a commanding 6-4 6-2 victory in 84 minutes.

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Robson (left) accepts defeat from Azarenka

But 22-year-old Robson managed to save five match points in their first ever meeting on the WTA Tour.

Former world #1 Azarenka, a recent champion at Indian Wells and Miami, made it 25 wins in 26 matches by dismissing Robson.

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