Wimbledon 2017: Johanna Konta leaves Donna Vekic in TEARS after titanic win

  • Wimbledon 2017: Johanna Konta leaves Donna Vekic in TEARS after titanic win

Wimbledon 2017: Johanna Konta leaves Donna Vekic in TEARS after titanic win

The British No 1 gained revenge for her French Open first-round defeat by beating Tapei's Su-Wei Hsieh as the shadows grew long on the newly open air Court No 1. She doesn't give you much rhythm. Konta said her spine felt "much better" on the practice courts yesterday and - if free from injury - she is the other big British hope after Andy Murray. "It was a great battle to be a part of". "She served incredibly well, and I'm very happy to have saved some of those break points at the end".

There were unpredictable factors, too. As well as making the final of Nottingham, she reached the semis in Eastbourne, becoming the first British woman to beat a reigning No1, in Angelique Kerber, since Sue Barker in 1979. "I think both myself and Donna played very well". I think it was one of those matches where it was going to just be decided at the very last minute. "They kind of lived and died with the match". That seemed a bit of a distant memory as she struggled to get to grips with Konta's more aggressive game.

Johanna Konta defeated Donna Vekic in a humdinger of a battle at the Centre Court on Wednesday.

The first set indicated what was to follow with nothing between the two players.

In men's singles, Japan's Kei Nishikori believes he can win Wimbledon this year after breezing through his first-round clash with Italy's Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.

Azarenka, back in the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time since the Australian Open past year, will next face local favorite Heather Watson, who defeated No. 18 seed Anastasija Sevastova Latvia 6-0, 6-4. Konta celebrated with glee and relief, and a real sense that she can go far.

Vekic left the court in tears - but Konta goes on to meet Maria Sakkari from Greece.

The Briton's prospects remain good, however.

She was forced to withdraw from the semi-finals of the Aegon International last week following her painful tumble and doctors were concerned about her health.

"I made it tougher for her to get into the match", Konta said.

It took the young Croatian woman to No58 from 101 at the start of the year, though until her first-round win at Wimbledon, she did not win another grass match: she lost in the first rounds of both Surbiton and Birmingham.

"I am recovering really well", said Konta. "It came back positive, so that has given me that much more confidence to search for and make some more creations". This is winnable for her, and she ought to trust in her own serving. This was her sixth, and now she was a considerably better and more confident player than in those early wild-card appearances.