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Wimbledon 2017: Johana Konta's mental work pays off with big pressure win

Wimbledon 2017: Johana Konta's mental work pays off with big pressure win”

The world number one limped around the baseline at times on Centre Court, but did not appear to be in too much discomfort after outclassing Russian lucky loser Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the second round.

WITH Murray and Konta headlining Centre Court, Heather Watson leads off on Court 2 with a tricky match against Anastasija Sevastova, the No.18 seed from Latvia.

Andy Murray made light work of Dustin Brown, beating the German 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to book his berth in the third round.

Meanwhile, Konta's fellow Brit Heather Watson, who is ranked one place below Sakkari, bids to realise a dream today as she faces two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka. 4-6, 10-8 victory over Donna Vekic.

This eclectic bunch could take British tennis back to the heady heights of 1979 if three of them win, because that is the last time when the host nation had so many singles players in the last 16 at the All England Club.

"I look to just keep a good perspective", she said.

Something has changed, and if she goes further and takes advantage of an open, Serena Williams-less field, the impact she could make in the United Kingdom could be huge.

The last time four British players made it to the round of 32 was in 1997. But mentally I'm really glad that it's over.

Konta broke into the top 10 only this past October, and her best Grand Slam performances have come in Australia and America, with hard courts generally regarded as her best surface.

However, Konta is confident she can last the pace during a Wimbledon fortnight in which she has been tipped as a possible champion. I started to see the shots he was going to play a little but quicker and that allowed me to get to some of the drop volleys and come up with some passing shots.

"In the heat of the moment I did a bad thing and I apologize for this", said Medvedev, who denied he was implying the chair umpire was paid off. You need to try and block that out for sure, but then it's part of the Centre Court experience.

The pair, both 30, first played each other when they were 12 and share a 3-3 record as professionals.

Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, had been favored by some British bookmakers to lift the trophy at fortnight's end, despite competing in only her third tournament of her comeback.

Key to her rise has been the new-found resilience that was on display against Vekic, as Konta saved two set points before winning the opening set and repeatedly staved off threats of a break in the decider.

Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal continued to advance unabated in the draw. "I was just frustrated".

"He gives me a lot of advice", said the 21-year-old. Azarenka cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 victory in the second round of her first Grand Slam since taking a year off to have her first child in December.

Australia's only remaining singles hope, Arina Rodionova, has stayed focused and refuses to respond to questions regarding her husband, Hawthorn footballer player Ty Vickery, who has been arrested over extortion claims.



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