Johanna Konta kept British hopes of a first Women’s Singles Champion at Wimbledon since 1977 alive after she came through a tough three set battle with 21st seed Caroline Garcia 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals.
The British number one has become the first British woman to reach the last eight at SW19 since Jo Durie in 1984 but was severely tested against the talented Frenchwoman on ‘Manic Monday’ at the All England Club. The sixth seed squandered a break late in the first set but regrouped to take in a tiebreak but was completely outclassed for the majority of the second set. In the decider one break in the final game of the match proved to be decisive to secure a historic win for Konta.
Next up for the Brit in the quarterfinals is the second seed Simona Halep after she recovered from an early break down to defeat Victoria Azarenka 7-6(3), 6-2 and move just one win away from becoming world number one for the first time in her career.
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Victoria Azarenka made a real statement in terms of her title credentials at Wimbledon as her comeback continues, defeating British hope Heather Watson in a three set thriller 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in two hours and six minutes on Centre Court.
Watson made a bright start and looked to seize the opportunity to score one of the biggest wins of her career as she outplayed the former number one in the first set. Azarenka was always going to bounce back being the great champion she is and she raised her game, piling on the pressure on the Brit’s serve. The majority of the games in the second and third set were very close, with many going to deuce and lasting a significant amount of time, but it was the Belorussian who came out on top all too often as another opportunity for a huge win on home soil for Watson unfortunately passed her by.
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Andy Murray came through a potentially tough challenge against the dynamic Dustin Brown with flying colours to ease his way into the third round at Wimbledon 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 after one hour and 36 minutes.
The world number one was far too good for his German opponent throughout and despite being close in the first set at three games all, once the Brit got the break there was only one winner. Murray was pleased with the way he served but admitted that the last few service games were a bit shaky and despite winning 84% of the points behind his first serve it only found the mark 47% of the time. Any questions over his fitness and physical problems were put to bed after the the top seed darted around the court and in a post-match interview assured that the hip was fine and he was pain free.
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Roger Federer returned to Wimbledon and advanced to the second round in quicker fashion than expected after Alexandr Dolgopolov was unfortunately forced to retire suffering with a pre-existing ankle injury.
The third seed looked good during his 42 minutes out on court, breaking his opponent twice in the opening set to take it 6-3 and led 3-0 with Dolgopolov serving at 30-30 in the second set before Dolgopolov shook hands.
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Novak Djokovic was not out on Centre Court for long in his opening round match at Wimbledon after Martin Klizan unfortunately had to retire early in the second set due to a recurring calf injury.
The second seed was not forced to play his best as Klizan struggled from the outset, but did enough to look comfortable on the scoreline leading 6-3, 2-0 after 40 minutes before the Slovak called time on the match.
The recent champion in Eastbourne will face Adam Pavlasek in the second round after the Czech came from a set down to defeat Ernesto Escobedo 6-7(7), 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 to earn his first Tour level win in over 11 months.
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British number one Johanna Konta got her Wimbledon campaign off to the perfect start with a straight sets win over Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-2 after just one hour and four minutes.
The sixth seed wobbled early on but settled after the opening four games to win four more games in a row to establish a one set lead. The Brit rode the wave of momentum in the second set and claimed another five games in a row to take full control and booked her place in the second round with an ace on her third match point.
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Heather Watson defeated two players ranked over 100 places higher than her in the WTA world rankings in one day, finishing with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 win over Barbora Strycova to reach the semifinals at the Aegon International in Eastbourne for the second time in her career.
The British number three came through a topsy turvy quarterfinal match in two hours, recovering from a break down in the final set to see off Strycova to become the second Brit to reach the last four.
World number 23 Strycova led their head to head 3-1 and won their last meeting, which came on the grass in Birmingham last year 7-5, 6-4, but it was to be Watson’s day here by the seaside in Eastbourne.
Watson booked her place in the last eight after securing another highly credible victory over a seeded opponent. 14th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was her latest victim, with the British number three winning 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 24 minutes out on Court 4. Her quarterfinal opponent, also unseeded at the Aegon International, Strycova, defeated lucky loser Lauren Davis 7-5, 6-2 to set up this early evening clash on Court 1.
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