Wimbledon 2017: Johanna Konta rejects 'favourite' tag

Posted July 09, 2017

The tennis fates starting paying off the debt. The 16th seed from Luxembourg won the decider 9-7. But Bedene might hope that Muller is still feeling the effects of a long second round match on Wednesday.

It has been a hard 12 months for Watson, who struggled after losing a close match in the first round at Wimbledon a year ago and had been unable to find any momentum.

"However, when we're playing at Wimbledon, pretty much all of the crowd want the Brits to win".

"I think he served well every set. She's definitely playing with confidence in the slams", Konta said. But the Belarussian is in only her second event back on tour after becoming a mum last December. "She just hung in there and played really well when it mattered".

But the Scot, who faces Fabio Fognini today, saw glimpses of it in the locker room on Wednesday as he watched her defeat Donna Vekic and feels it's a weapon she must engage.

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"What Andy has done for our sport, and the awareness he has brought over the years, is only positive".

With arly favourites with the bookmakers Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova falling in the opening rounds, Konta has assumed what has been viewed as the poisoned chalice to become the most fancied player to win the tournament. Now that Konta has been installed as the bookies' favourite for the title, Garcia
knows the pressure will be ramped up even further on Britain's best.

JO KONTA fought off a 'Spartan ' to make it through to the second week of Wimbledon for the first time ever.

Johanna Konta made light work of Maria Sakkari to book her place in the fourth round of Wimbeldon.

Konta - naturally - does not see it that way. How she gets on today could give us an indicator of whether she is a genuine contender to make the final a week tomorrow.

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Murray was delighted by the progress of the British players, but, reports Sky Sports, "feels celebrations should be tempered".

There were no such upsets for the other top male seeds in action on day one of the 131st Championships with Andy Murray and Rafa Nadal cruising through with straight-set victories. This should pose more of a problem and Fognini won their most recent match in Rome in May in straight sets.

Wimbledon is the only major tournament where Brits have the majority of the crowd on their side. "It's truly humbling and it's what we all dream of, to play on the biggest stage".

Also through to the second week is five-time victor Venus Williams.

Williams, who last won the title in 2008, will take on Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh - the No 27 seed - on Monday.

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But there was more drama to come when Watson, who had considered using up her last challenge earlier in the set before opting against it, correctly challenged a baseline call to bring up break point, which she duly dispatched to level again.