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



Now Konta faces yet another woman who has got the better of her a couple of times, Caroline Garcia, and most recently in a memorable battle at Indian Wells.

Heather Watson's Wimbledon charge ran out of steam as she was beaten in three sets by Victoria Azarenka.

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. "It was a great battle to be a part of".

The difference was that Konta did not have to put in the monumental effort she needed to put in against Stan Wawrinka's girlfriend in their three-hour-plus marathon which lit up the Championships, the encounter taking just 76 minutes.

There were unpredictable factors, too.

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

Konta, who beat the German at Eastbourne last week, is playing down her odds. "I started to see the shots he was going to play a little but quicker and that allowed me to get to some of the drop volleys", the British star said. "But I think if I can be involved in many epic battles, I'm sure the crowd will also enjoy that". "They kind of lived and died with the match". My mood changed. Although I was fighting, there was a bit of doubt in it, you know, maybe it's not the day today to win.

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

Azarenka next faces British wildcard Heather Watson who also upset the form book.

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While Garcia has yet to live up to Andy Murray's prediction that he was watching a future world No 1 when the Frenchwoman pushed Maria Sharapova hard at Roland Garros six years ago, she has improved her world ranking every year.

Johanna Konta ensured there will be a British woman in the second week of Wimbledon for the first time in four years with a comfortable win over the Greek world No 101 Maria Sakkari.

The Briton's prospects remain good, however. Jo has played extremely well the last 18 months.

The two-time champ knows better than anyone how crucial home advantage can be on one of Wimbledon's show courts.

Konta entered the tournament battling a spine injury suffered during her match with Kerber, which stopped that match for almost 10 minutes for treatment.

Mattek-Sands injured her right knee during her second-round Wimbledon match against Sorana Cirstea on Thursday, leading to her retirement in the third set.

"I really stepped up in the key moments", Azarenka said.

Amid the home and homely happiness, Konta was generous in her praise and empathy for Vekic and she certainly held her own in the narrative.

While Konta could afford to think about whether to have chocolate chip or banana as the flavour for her next cooking challenge, it's fair to say the mood at dinner for Vekic and Wawrinka might not have been so appetising.