Johanna Konta beaten by Angelique Kerber at Rio 2016 Olympic tennis
Last Updated: 12/08/16 7:05am
Johanna Konta's bid for Olympic singles glory is over after a straight sets quarter-final defeat by Germany's Angelique Kerber in the women's tennis event.
Konta was never really in the match against the Australian Open champion who moved into the semi-finals with a comfortable 6-1 6-2 victory.
After Andy Murray reached the last eight earlier in the day, GB's other remaining singles hope was with Konta who had produced a brilliant performance to beat two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the the third round.
But after bowing out of the women's doubles with Heather Watson, it was another exit for Konta who had no answer to Kerber's power and her final hop of a medal rest in the mixed doubles when she will team up with Jamie Murray.
Second seed Kerber continued her brilliant season so far with a ruthless performance that saw her lose just three games to set up a blockbuster semi-final with Madison Keys who beat Russia's Daria Kasatkina 6-3 6-1.
Kerber, who beat Serena Williams to claim the title in Melbourne and then lost to the American in the Wimbledon final, will be a strong favourite to add an Olympic medal to her list of achievements this season and is in with a chance of claiming the world number one ranking in the final weeks of the season.
The other semi-final will see two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova up against surprise package Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.
Kvitova ended the hopes of Serena Williams' conqueror Elina Svitolina, hammering the Ukrainian 6-2 6-0 to advance into the last four, while Puig beat Germany's Laura Siegemund for the loss of just two games.
Konta's day took a further nosedive in the evening when she also made a first-round exit from the mixed doubles competition, losing 6-4 6-3 alongside Jamie Murray against American pairing Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.