Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Johanna Konta beats Maria Sakkari in the Wimbledon third round

Andy Murray once again leads the British charge heading into round three at Wimbledon Andy Murray once again leads the British charge heading into round three at Wimbledon
Kristine Garrett | 09 July, 2017, 00:28

Konta is now in the spotlight, whether she wants it or not.

Her first-round win was not exactly spine-tingling, but it was impressive coming just four days after she hurt her back in an eye-watering fall at Eastbourne.

France's 21st seed Caroline Garcia now awaits in the fourth round and while the women's draw is unreadable, plenty of contenders remain.

Murray's title defense appeared to be on shaky ground in the third round, particularly through a stressful stretch at Centre Court against Fabio Fognini, the 28th-seeded Italian who won their most recent encounter and had five set points to force this one to a fifth.

World No.1 Angelique Kerber and Spain's Garbine Muguruza, who both play third rounds today, are also gaining momentum. "They change daily nearly". I still say it's unlikely, but it's possible.

While Garcia has yet to live up to Andy Murray's prediction that he was watching a future world No 1 when the Frenchwoman pushed Maria Sharapova hard at Roland Garros six years ago, she has improved her world ranking every year.

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. And she didn't - she delivered. I'm used to having played deep into the second weeks at slams and there not being any Brits there.

"I honestly don't know what people are talking about, because I'm one of the players who rarely actually looks at the box", Azarenka said after reaching the fourth round.

Murray will be joined by Aljaz Bedene who beat Damir Dzumhur on Wednesday afternoon
Murray will be joined by Aljaz Bedene who beat Damir Dzumhur on Wednesday afternoon

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.

Twice champion Murray, who has been suffering with a sore hip, has already dispatched one player with an armoury of unconventional shots, Kazakh Alexander Bublik. "It's going to be a very tough match". We played in Indian Wells.

Britain's Johanna Konta pulled out all the stops to win an enthralling, marathon, second round contest against Croatian Donna Vekic 7-6 (4) 4-6 10-8.

"The courts definitely have got a lot quicker than at the beginning of the event". Neither she nor the WTA has said how badly she was injured.

Now she'll have this victory to cherish, along with another one from this year that also holds some significance: Brengle beat Serena Williams at a tuneup tournament at Auckland, New Zealand, back on January 4.

Brown's serve was under pressure from the start and a double fault in the eighth game gave Murray the first break before he served out the set.

Hsieh started off with many unforced errors, probably nerves taking over when she landed a backhand in the alley and then some forehands whipped wide.

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