Johanna Konta's Win vs. Donna Vekic Kicks off Wednesday's Wimbledon Action

Johanna Konta's Win vs. Donna Vekic Kicks off Wednesday's Wimbledon Action

Johanna Konta's Win vs. Donna Vekic Kicks off Wednesday's Wimbledon Action

Konta repeated her trick of breaking in the first game of the set, then a drop shot helped her into a 2-0 lead that appeared unassailable.

Johanna Konta trailed early but managed to come back and hang on for a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-8 victory over Donna Vekic on Centre Court.

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.

Sixth seed Johanna Konta savoured a rousing triumph on Centre Court after she and compatriot Heather Watson ensured a landmark day for British tennis at Wimbledon. It wasn't your average tennis fall.

" I wouldn't say this is the target".

It was difficult to wrap anyone's head around the fact that this was the same Konta who just 24 hours or so laid helpless on the hard grass after a slippery spill in her previous match.

"Everyone in the draw is in with a chance of taking the title - I think I'm pretty sure favourites also come and go", Konta said. "I'm definitely here with the intention of wanting to be a part of the event for the full two weeks". Suddenly the burden of pressure and expectation is heaped on the No.6 seed's shoulders starting today against Maria Sakkari of Greece, a player ranked outside the top 100, in a match Konta is expected is win.

She now has two days' rest as she aims to emulate Virginia Wade's victory here 40 years ago.

Konta faces French 21st seed Caroline Garcia in the fourth round on Monday.

Now Watson must try to win her first match in five attempts against Azarenka, who claimed the best win of her comeback so far 6-3 6-3 against Elena Vesnina.

Ostapenko, who turned 20 last month, had never won a tour-level title until her impressive run on the red clay at Roland Garros.

"You do not get to where she has got to in her career without being a really good player", she said. So I'd like to think that physically I'm prepared. "The second set I started to step in a little bit more", Azarenka said. It's an easy mistake to make given that he is from Slovenia, who qualified to represent Great Britain after undergoing the necessary residency rules.

Kei Nishikori dug deep to keep his Wimbledon challenge alive as the Japanese star ground out a 6-4 6-7 (7/9) 6-1 7-6 (8/6) win over Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky on Wednesday.

"She will play more and more matches on that court and hopefully over time become more and more comfortable".

Murray and Konta were the only survivors of the four home players through to the third round, with Aljaz Bedene beaten 7-6 (7/4) 7-5 6-4 by 16th seed Gilles Muller and Heather Watson losing a tight battle against Victoria Azarenka.

Related news