Published: Sun, July 09, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Britain's Watson aims for first taste of second week

Britain's Watson aims for first taste of second week

Jo Konta struck the right note as she beat Greece's Maria Sakkari 6-4 6-1 to make the second week of Wimbledon for the first time.

The sixth seed was beaten by Vekic in the Nottingham Open final last month, but gained revenge in a titanic tussle which lasted three hours and 10 minutes.

Murray has been used to providing Centre Court drama over the years but this time he followed it after Konta's epic 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 10-8 victory over Donna Vekic.

Konta once said that if she had a house, she would remortgage it to go see rock band U2.

Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Venus Williams were made to sweat it out waiting on a sweltering day at the All England Club where players battled soaring temperatures and flying ants in their bid to make the last 32.

Former world number one Azarenka, playing her first Grand Slam tournament since giving birth to first child Leo in December, knocked out Russian 15th seed Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-3. "So I think I'll have an opportunity not to miss it, I imagine".

This, instead, is all the 27-year-old from Dover, Delaware, was focused on as she began playing Kvitova on Wednesday evening on Court No. 2: Please just let me win a game.

"I really stepped up in the key moments", Azarenka said.

Williams overpowered the youngster in the tie-break, though, coming from 3-0 down with seven unanswered points.

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British number two Watson, who was a set up before losing to Azarenka, believes there is no reason why Konta can not win in SW19.

"I think I played really clean from the baseline today", Azarenka said afterwards.

"I thought she stayed very calm in a match she was very close to losing".

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.

"I'm just playing with the mindset of getting better like I have done in every match of my career".

"I was trying to, but he's too quick", said Bedene, who is from Britain.

The 26-year-old announced her intentions from the first game of the match when she twice drew Sakkari into the net before passing her with crisp cross-court winners to break serve.

So spare a thought for a player ranked 51 places below her opponent, and whose watching boyfriend Stan Wawrinka was a surprise loser in the first round of the men's singles on Monday.

Clijsters said her former coach, Wim Fissette, who is now working with Johanna Konta, has also been guilty of it this week. "But then when the time will come, I will talk about my next opponent with my team and we will get prepared for that".

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