Watson out in third round at the hands of Azarenka

09 July, 2017, 01:16 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Great Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates during his fourth round match against France’s Benoit Paire REUTERS  Stefan Wermuth

Konta was excellent throughout and rarely looked toubled by Sakkari, the world No 101.

She has beaten two Czechs to get to the end of the first week, the world No39 Katerina Siniakova and 44th-ranked Kristyna Pliskova.

JO KONTA fought off a 'Spartan ' to make it through to the second week of Wimbledon for the first time ever. Some bookmakers are even elevating her to favourite, which is a bit of a reach in a splintered field.

Sakkari revealed before this clash that Petchey calls her "Spartan" on account of her dad hailing from the area. "We were out there a long time and both of us battled incredibly hard".

"I didn't feel like I moved particularly well", said Murray. On the last occasion in 2015, the Brit was two points away from knocking out eventual champion Serena Williams, but it was not to be as the American showed her mettle when it mattered most.

She said: "It is happening because we have got some great players". He whipped that big forehand of his; managed to tiresome serves that topped 130 miles per hour (210 kph) enough to earn 15 break points, converting four; and played skillfully at the net, winning the point on 17 of 21 approaches, 4 for 4 when he made a decision to serve-and-volley. "So I think I'll have an opportunity not to miss it, I imagine".

The British number one needed over three hours to edge past Donna Vekic in the last 64, but she endured no such trouble against Sakkiri as she ran out a 6-4 6-1 victor.

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.

"It's a nice feeling not to have to keep going out there", Konta said. I'm happy to come through another battle. "One alternative might be to offer compensation for travel expenses incurred by players who travel to an event in good faith, only to pick up or aggravate an injury before they are due to go on court".

And, although you should say it quietly, there's been plenty of evidence to prove that she should. "I was just frustrated". I'm enjoying it, which is the most important part. It's light and something that's easy to watch, but yeah, he is easy on the eye. "There you go, you've got your headline".

Nadal's second and most recent Wimbledon title came in 2010 and he hasn't been past the fourth round for six years.

Earlier, Aljaz Bedene beat Damir Dzumhur in four sets while Johanna Konta and Heather Watson, British women's top two-ranked players, also triumphed.

"It's a big step up in class", he said. "I'm very happy with that", she added. "I'm doing a lot of things different".

Fellow Brit Andy Murray has urged Konta to embrace that support as she acclimatises to the pressure of ending a 40-year wait for a home-grown women's Wimbledon champion. "Those results don't lie".



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