Picture Credit - Great Britain's Johanna Konta Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Britain’s Johanna Konta crashed out of the Aegon Classic in the second round on Thursday, suffering a 6-1 6-3 loss to impressive American Coco Vandeweghe at the event in Birmingham, England.

Second-seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine was also knocked out at the Edgbaston Priory Club after suffering a surprise three-set defeat by Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi.

Vandeweghe, coached by Australian former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, dominated the first set with her strong serve too much for fourth seed Konta as she wrapped up the set in 24 minutes.

Konta, the world number seven, improved in the second but never truly looked like mounting a comeback against the 25-year-old Vandeweghe, who was a Wimbledon quarter-finalist in 2015.

Vandeweghe faces Garbine Muguruza in the quarter-finals on Friday after the Spaniard’s 6-1 6-4 win over American Alison Riske.

France’s fifth-seeded Kristina Mladenovic had to work hard to get past China’s Shuai Zhang 6-4 7-6(3) and set up what looks a fascinating quarter-final against Czech Petra Kvitova.

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