Happy Heather Watson has winning feeling


Konta, the sixth seed, overcame Croatia's Donna Vekic 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 10-8 in a match which stretched over three hours, while wild card Watson made a strong statement of intent by beating 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-0, 6-4.

The world number one said: "I didn't think it was the best match". "She's someone who is playing with a lot of confidence right now and it's going to be a very tough match".

But for all the fight she put up, Azarenka drew on the wealth of experience she has gained from winning two Australian Open titles to extinguish the Briton's challenge.

"It's hard to give other players advice because playing on a big court is a great experience". But I'm enjoying it and I'm doing everything I can to recover well.

"Definitely my priority has to be how I approach the match and the mindset I have".

Her praise for the supportive but "respectful" British crowd certainly won't hurt next time out; she seems to have responded to criticism for her apparent reluctance to open up to the media and doubts raised about her ability to deal with growing expectations, too.

Wimbledon is the only major tournament where Brits have the majority of the crowd on their side.

It's something her coach, Mark Petchey, who previously helped Andy Murray into the top 50, has not failed to pick up on.

Her display suggested there is more to come from the youngster in the future.

She added: "It is a massive compliment to have former players of that calibre thinking that highly of me".

Also today, Bedene will face Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, and Heather Watson takes on Victoria Azarenka.

But the 30-year-old doesn't see that having any effect on his own preparations for future matches. That's a really positive thing. "I feel like that's what I need, so that's what I'm going to do".

He plays fellow left-hander Young, ranked 43, who reached the second round after Denis Istomin retired on Monday. "So I know I can keep getting better, yes".

After the defeat of Pliskova's vaunted twin, the third-seeded Karolina, by the world No87, Magdalena Rybarikova on Thursday, Konta suddenly has a clearer path into the second week. Konta said she swallowed several of the flying ants that invaded all parts of the All England Club, and it must have been tricky psychologically to face an opponent who had beaten her in the final at Nottingham less than four weeks ago. "I'm completely speechless. It's just yeah, I mean, I'm just.". I think it was a competitive match. "I didn't come to the net as much as I liked yesterday. I was more angry at myself". I'm a fan of just the show itself. It's light and something that's easy to watch, but, yeah, [Aidan Turner] is easy on the eyes.



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