Wimbledon 2017: Johana Konta and Heather Watson go through

Wimbledon 2017 Johanna Konta

Meanwhile, Konta's fellow Brit Heather Watson, who is ranked one place below Sakkari, bids to realise a dream today as she faces two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka.

The first Briton is Johanna Konta, the sixth-seeded woman, who takes on Croatian Donna Vekic on Centre Court.

"Just a bit overwhelmed with nerves when I first got out there, then tried to play too ideal when really I didn't need to go for so much".

History beckoned for Konta last month when she reached the final of the Aegon Open in Nottingham. But Konta's mind does not work like that; she will not allow it to work like that. The Croat saved the first match point with an ace but at the second she could only find the net.

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.

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

It all could have gone very different had Konta not dug in to turn around the first set hours before. She rolled past Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the first round and traded punches with Konta brilliantly on a picture-perfect afternoon in London, in front of an enthusiastic Centre Court crowd.

Johanna Konta and Heather Watson won their second-round matches at Wimbledon as two British women reached the last 32 for the first time since 1986.

Venus Williams made history at Wimbledon on Wednesday as she competed in her 97th match at the All England Club, the five-time champion marking the occasion with a victory.

"I definitely would like to be involved here for the full fortnight to help, I guess, put tennis on the map that much more".

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was incensed by flying ants bothering him during his 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Simone Bolelli, and claimed that they had entered his eyes and ears. I think that also reinforced for me the good things I was doing and trusting in those things. I wasn't really sure.

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.

World number one Murray followed up with a dominant display, beating German Dustin Brown's 6-3 6-2 6-2.

"I don't see myself being back on tour after baby and not even so soon like she did".

And it was completed with no obvious signs of trouble from the back injury which forced her out of Eastbourne.

"It is huge that she is playing home at a grand slam", Wilander said. 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.



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