Kyle Edmund bids to join four other Britons in Wimbledon third round

Kristopher Nichols
July 9, 2017

The first major hurdle has been overcome - Johanna Konta has found safe passage through the first week of Wimbledon and is now comfortably settled into the fourth round.

The final set took an hour and 19 minutes, but Konta emerged victorious 7-6 4-6 10-8.

And even before Murray came out on top in his tussle with Fabio Fognini it was a rollercoaster day for British tennis fans, with Heather Watson fighting all the way before losing to Victoria Azarenka, Aljaz Bedene bowing out to Gilles Muller and Johanna Konta reaching round four for the first time. It wasn't your average tennis fall.

"Everyone in the draw is in with a chance of taking the title - favourites also come and go", Konta said.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Williams battled through with victory over Osaka.

I don't know. I mean, her previous match was very complicated and very tough against Vekic.

"Bigger than winning titles, bigger than other milestone wins. this could be the most important match of her career", Wilander said.

Konta got her nose in front and her opponent, world-ranked 101, did not get another look in.

In just her second tournament following son Leo's birth, the 27-year-old Belarusian hopes to become the first mother to lift the Wimbledon women's singles trophy since Evonne Goolagong in 1980.

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The British No 1 will now face France's 21st seed Caroline Garcia on Monday. The nickname shifted to Murray when he came on the scene and eventually ended the country's 77-year wait for a homegrown men's victor when he won the title in 2013.

Indeed, Vekic-who beat Konta recently at the Nottingham Open-was full of confidence in the second stanza, seeing it out 6-4 to set up a nervy decider on Centre Court. "But overall, I felt like I played really good on the important moments, which gave me opportunities to win comfortably today".

It was quite unusual coming on court soon after a horrific fall while playing her semifinal with Angelique Kerber.

"When we're playing at Wimbledon, pretty much all of the crowd want the Brits to win and using that to your advantage and enjoying it and embracing it can really make the difference".

And she is not the only Briton into round three after Heather Watson dumped out 18th seed Sevastova 6-0 6-4.

"But I'm pleased obviously to be in the second week".

Watson and her Finnish playing partner Henri Kontinen, the reigning champions, won 6-3 6-4 against Azarenka and Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic. I had to find my rhythm, and, you know, I never played her before. Sakkiri held in the fifth, but that would be her only game of the set, 6-1.

With the exception of two unconverted break points for Konta at the very start of the match, no quarter was being given with both serving strongly and some quality exchanges, both at the net and taken out of the air.

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