Mount Murray is a coveted spot on Day 3 at Wimbledon

09 July, 2017, 01:15 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Wimbledon 2017 Johanna Konta

Meanwhile one of Williams's rivals for the women's title, British No 1 Johanna Konta, beat Chinese Taipei's Hsieh Su-Wei in straight sets.

Jo Konta breezed into the second week of Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Greece's Maria Sakkari on No 1 Court.

No British woman has won the singles title since Virginia Wade in 1977. "I'm pretty sure favourites also come and go. To see her on Wednesday just being a mental rock out there under some really hard circumstances was in a way inspiring", Davenport said, adding that in the past Konta had buckled under pressure.

He said, after the match: "Every time I give my best till the end".

British number two Watson, enjoying a resurgence of form after a torrid year, looked on course to make it to the second week for the first time at a grand slam after taking the first set.

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Now Konta faces yet another woman who has got the better of her a few times, Caroline Garcia, and most recently in a memorable battle at Indian Wells.

Watson went on to beat Azarenka and Nenad Zimonjic with her mixed doubles title-winning partner from a year ago, Henri Kontinen, joking that she really didn't want to lose to her twice in one day.

"Everyone in the draw is in with a chance of taking the title".

"I'm playing some good tennis but I don't think I'm playing unbelievable tennis", the Australian-born player said. "Well, I definitely didn't want to lose to her twice in one day, so I was very pleased to get through that, finish on a good note".

Having been made to wait around all day to play her first round match against CiCi Bellis on Monday, Azarenka had complained that the scheduling wasn't helpful for a new mum. "So I think I'll have an opportunity not to miss it, I imagine". "She is playing brilliant, so aggressive, so solid and always plays well on the grass".

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When she is not starring on court, Konta is relaxing in the quietest and most conventional way at her new flat not far from the tournament.

The Frenchwoman is ranked No 22 in the world and as a veteran of seven Roland Garros campaigns, she knows what it is like to play at her home grand slam in front of her home crowd.

Now Watson must try to win her first match in five attempts against Azarenka, who claimed the best win of her comeback so far 6-3 6-3 against Elena Vesnina.

Sir Andy Murray and Aljaz Bedene, Jo Konta and Heather Watson: all feature on the famous manicured show courts on Day Five of Wimbledon. "(Now) I feel like I'm under-achieving". "It hurt a lot today", said Watson, who was toppled by Agnieszka Radwanska in the last 32 in 2012. I'm happy to come through another battle.

However, Watson did get the better of Azarenka when they met again later on Friday in the mixed doubles. - Heather Watson added that she was "gutted" to go out to Victoria Azarenka.

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The 26-year-old survived a gruelling second-round clash against Donna Vekic to win 7-6, 4-6, 10-8 to reach the third round in three hours and 10 minutes.

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