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Brit Watch: Johanna Konta breezes into Wimbledon last 16 for first time

09 July 2017, 01:15 | Kara Nash

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I think it was a competitive match.

Meanwhile, seventh seed Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, was battling Germany's Florian Mayer for a spot in the third round.

The reason for Brengle's preoccupation with taking merely a single game? Yesterday she was a set and 4-1 down. "She is playing brilliant, so aggressive, so solid and always plays well on the grass". I wasn't playing my best tennis.

Konta, seeded sixth here, broke Sakkari in the very first game of the match, and lost just one point in her opening three service games to build a commanding early lead.

She said to the BBC: "They were tricky conditions for both of us".

Watson has spent much of the past year without a regular coach and credits Phillips and Colin Beecher, who she began working with at the start of the clay season, for helping her turn things around.

Watson, fighting to claw her way back into the top 100, was once again paired with of the biggest names on the women's tour in Azarenka, having met Serena Williams at the same stage two years ago.

Sakkari said a victory would give a big lift to her homeland, which is in the grip of an economic depression. She was attacked by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the Czech Republic in December and needed surgery on her left hand, the one she uses to hold a racket.

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Her nerves may have been momentarily settled as she at least salvaged a game on the board and neither were on particularly sparking form, with Azarenka just slightly the less chaotic, as the second set was rapidly moving away from her.

Watson has dropped to a ranking of 102 after a hard start to the year, but an impressive grass-court season - which included a run to the Eastbourne semi-finals - will see her rise back into the top 100. "I don't anticipate anything different, other than a really, really tough battle for me".

"I mean, for me, a lot of my challenges and my competition's also within myself and within my own focus".

"No I haven't thought about it", said Konta.

"I felt superior", Fognini said. Would she be letting her hair down ahead of a return to training on Sunday?

The temperature soared toward 85 degrees (near 30 Celsius) after being in the low 70s (20s Celsius) the prior two days.

"Again, I'm taking it one match at a time but I'm definitely working towards staying involved for a full two weeks". So I couldn't really move. "I don't know if that was anything to do with my hip or not". "But a very slow animal". Garcia looks for her second career grand slam quarterfinal and first ever in the Wimbledon.

She did not put a foot wrong in a first set that lasted only 19 minutes, not making a single unforced error. The officials at the All England Club have done their bit too, so there is a good chance there will not be too much overlap when they are on court.

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