Wimbledon 2018: Johanna Konta out after Dominika Cibulkova defeat leaving Kyle Edmund as Britain’s sole hope

JO KONTA flopped on a flat Centre Court to go out of Wimbledon with a whimper.

Dominika Cibulkova made the All England Club’s decision to bump her out of the seedings come back to haunt them as she crushed Konta 6-3 6-4 in a bizarrely quiet arena.

 Jo Konta made the semi-finals last year but could not manage a repeat performance

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Jo Konta made the semi-finals last year but could not manage a repeat performance

Wimbledon chiefs put world No 32 Cibulkova in Konta’s path by opting to promote supermum Serena Williams into the seeds.

And the home crowd did little to help the British No1, rarely making any noise even after they began filling the empty seats which greeted the start of the match.

But Konta ultimately only has herself to blame for a defeat which will see her world ranking plummet because she has failed to back up her historic run to the semi-finals last year.

The 27-year-old is a shadow of the player who captured the public imagination with her power and mental strength.

 Jo Konta was seeded No22 at Wimbledon but crashed out to Dominika Cibulkova

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Jo Konta was seeded No22 at Wimbledon but crashed out to Dominika Cibulkova
 The Brit followed Katie Boulter and Katie Swan with an early exit

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The Brit followed Katie Boulter and Katie Swan with an early exit

Her serve, such a weapon before, let her down badly in the first set when her first serve percentage at times dropped below 40.

Her forehand was totally off, either flying well out of court or dribbling along the turf.

And the steely confidence which had dug her out of some tough spots in the past just wasn’t there.

Konta dropped serve in the sixth game and Cibulkova never looked like letting the advantage slip.

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 Centre Court was unusually flat as the Brit crashed out

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Centre Court was unusually flat as the Brit crashed out

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 Cibulkova was unseeded after Serene Williams was controversially boosted up the list

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Cibulkova was unseeded after Serene Williams was controversially boosted up the list

The former top-10 star broke Konta in the third game of the second set as Konta and the crowd seemed to accept defeat was inevitable.

There was a glimmer of hope when the Brit earned her first break point in the sixth game. But she could not convert.

Konta saved four match points in the ninth game and at last the crowd woke up to acknowledge her fighting spirit.

But Cibulkova was not going to cave in and she served out the match to love to leave Kyle Edmund as the last Brit standing in singles.

JO KONTA flopped on a flat Centre Court to go out of Wimbledon with a whimper.