Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Azarenka victorious as Nishikori, Konta work hard for success - Newspaper

Konta can be world number one Davenport Heather Watson: I want to keep coming to the net
Spencer Simpson | 09 July, 2017, 00:30

The 25-year-old from Guernsey, who won Wimbledon's mixed doubles title alongside Henri Kontinen last year, must now face former world No1 Victoria Azarenka, who beat 15th seed Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-3.

Konta nearly enjoyed the ideal start to her match, earning two break points in the opening game, but she failed to take either as Vekic also looked strong from the outset.

Johanna Konta made light work of Maria Sakkari to book her place in the fourth round of Wimbeldon. "And the crowd are what also make that special for me, their support for us", Konta said. The Luxembourg player ground out a 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-4 win. She was out-hit by a wide margin in the second set, but her steadier play in the third was enough.

Eighteen-time Grand Slam victor Chris Evert and Britain's former Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman have been among those to say they think Konta can come close to matching Wade's achievement. 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.

It was a long, arduous three-set win for the 26-year-old. Some wobbles entered the World No.58's game when a pair of double faults led to a concession of her lead in the fourth game - but Vekic simply shook off the setback to break once again with a big backhand victor.

She said: "It is happening because we have got some great players". "I think I overall trusted my game a bit more this time", she said.

"I found for myself that when I've been in tight matches like Jo's yesterday, maybe engaging the crowd a little more can help - but that might not be something she's comfortable doing", the defending men's champion told the BBC.

On Court One, ninth seed Kei Nishikori takes on Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky, five-times champion Venus Williams plays Wang Qiang of China, and world number two Simona Halep will face Beatriz Haddad Maia, of Brazil. Konta has won six of her last seven matches on grass court. For example, I lost a game, a tough game, to go 3-Love in the second set.

The second set started in the same fashion as Konta struck in the second game and despite Sakkiri battling on valiantly, Konta's extra power meant that she remained in control and she was able to seal victory in just 76 minutes.

"That's the best atmosphere I've ever played in in my life".

Only Goolagong, Margaret Court and Kim Clijsters have won a Grand Slam singles crown after having a child.

"I don't spend too much time thinking about that kind of talk or listening to it".

"I've got to the third round quite a few times now in different slams".

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