Sunday, 24 September, 2017

Wimbledon 2017: Victoria Azarenka fights her way into the fourth round

Johanna Konta dropped just four games in victory of Chinese Taipei's Su Wei Hsieh Johanna Konta dropped just four games in victory of Chinese Taipei's Su Wei Hsieh
Lillian Steele | 09 July, 2017, 01:12

The Brit stormed to a 6-4 6-1 win over Maria Sakkari out on Court One today, which wasn't ever full.

World number one and defending champion Andy Murray was far from his best against the 29th-ranked Fabio Fognini of Italy, but still booked a fourth- round spot with a rip-roaring 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 win at Wimbledon on Friday. I'm pretty sure favourites also come and go, they change daily nearly. "I don't think I'm playing unbelievable tennis", Konta said.

Her next assignment will be considerably tougher though, as she takes on France's 21st seed Caroline Garcia, who is fresh from a run to the French Open quarter-final.

Bedene, like Konta, finds himself in the third round for the first time at Wimbledon - matching his efforts at the French Open past year - and comes up against big-serving Gilles Muller in the third round on Friday.

It has been a hard 12 months for Watson, who struggled after losing a close match in the first round at Wimbledon previous year and had been unable to find any momentum. "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".

With the two-time Grand Slam champion playing just her fifth match since returning to the sport following the birth of her son, Watson stole an early march, breaking her opponent to move into a commanding 4-1 lead in the opening set.

Gilles Muller won a gruelling five-set encounter with Czech qualifier Lukas Rosol. I don't think about that particularly.

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.

"She remains very calm on the court and that's a positive thing but there can be times out there when it's good to let the emotions out as well".

Konta's win followed on from Heather Watson's 6-0 6-4 win over Latvian 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova to put two home women into round three for the first time since 1986 when Jo Durie and Anne Hobbs achieved the feat. But Konta, the sixth seed and playing right at her peak, refuses to be distracted.

Surprise exits for Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova have made Konta the tournament favourite and there are even mutterings of an historic British double, with Andy Murray still going strong in the men's draw.

"I have been feeling great about my game and I feel I have fallen at the same hurdle again".

"A player should not go on court if he knows he should not finish", he said. "But as you saw, I had a massive battle and that just showcases the depth we have in women's tennis. I gave myself a chance today and I didn't take it".

While little went her way in the second set, Watson again found her range in the third as she snapped back from being broken in the seventh game by drawing level at 4-4.

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