Azarenka victorious as Nishikori, Konta sweat

Azarenka victorious as Nishikori, Konta sweat

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Johanna Konta lived up to her new billing as the favourite to win Wimbledon with an impressive 6-4 6-1 victory over Maria Sakkari yesterday, to become the first British woman to reach the second week at The Championships since Samantha Smith in 1998. I want to make sure that everything is okay.

"Maybe the first few times it can be frustrating to hear that, or you can worry a little bit, but now I know exactly what to expect when I go out on that court". "She's definitely playing with confidence in the slams", Konta said.

The sixth seed will face France's No. 21 seed Caroline Garcia for a place in the quarterfinals.

The No6 seed came into the tournament as an injury doubt having suffered a heavy fall which forced her to pull out of last weekend's semi-final at Eastbourne.

"Everyone in the draw is in with a chance of taking the title - favourites also come and go", Konta said. "Not many players get a home Slam, so I feel very fortunate about that". "I'm playing with the mindset of trying to get better and I definitely believe in myself, the fact that I can keep improving".

Konta delayed her post-match press conference by more than an hour to have an ice bath in an effort to speed up her recovery after playing in temperatures approaching 30C on Centre Court.

British number two Watson, who was a set up before losing to Azarenka, believes there is no reason why Konta can not win in SW19. "So I think I'll have an opportunity not to miss it, I imagine". She is always wanting to put pressure on the opponent.




And, although you should say it quietly, there's been plenty of evidence to prove that she should.

"Starts are very important, but I'm really happy with the second set because she raised her level", said Watson.

But at 5-4 Azarenka, the two-time grand slam victor playing only her second tournament since the birth of her son Leo, held her nerve to serve out for a memorable win.

Later on Friday, defending champion Andy Murray sets his sights on a 10th successive last 16 appearance when he faces flamboyant Italian Fabio Fognini. "(Now) I feel like I'm under-achieving". It hurt a lot today. I really wanted to make that push for the second week for my singles. I was gutted to lose.

But, with former England captain David Beckham watching from the Royal Box, Heather Watson was unable to maintain Britain's unexpectedly strong showing as Azarenka edged past the world number 102 with a gritty 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory.

Medvedev, an unseeded Russian who beat Stan Wawrinka in the first round, lost to Ruben Bemelmans 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3 in the second round.

"As long as I got on the board to start, then I could relax", Brengle said with a smile, "because, trust me, an "O-and-O" stays with you".

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