Britain's Johanna Konta reaches third round at Wimbledon for first time

Great Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates during his fourth round match against France’s Benoit Paire REUTERS  Stefan Wermuth

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Should she beat former world number one Victoria Azarenka on Friday, Phillips will have to honour an uncomfortable promise.

Eighteen-time Grand Slam victor Chris Evert and Britain's former Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman have been among those to say they think Konta can come close to matching Wade's achievement.

It was the 27-year-old's earliest departure from a major since his first round defeat against Benoit Paire at the 2015 US Open.

As if facing Azarenka once was not enough, the Wimbledon draws appeared to have played a cruel trick on Watson as two hours later she was facing her again in a mixed doubles match on Court 8 with Finnish partner Henri Kontinen. It was a tough time on my return game. "I feel like my tennis is just really improving at the moment".

The sixth seed is the first British woman since Laura Robson in 2013 to reach the fourth round at SW19 and was understandably delighted with her performance, especially in front of the supportive home crowd.

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

Davenport, herself a former world number one, who won three grand slam titles including Wimbledon in 1999, said Konta proved in her three-set Centre Court victory on Wednesday against Donna Vekic that she had the steel needed to get to the top.

Former US Open victor Kim Clijsters suggested while commentating for the BBC that Azarenka was receiving coaching instructions from her team, which is not allowed at Wimbledon. She plays a big, fast game, is a woman who goes for her shots, and is certainly a prospect for future years at Wimbledon. I'm here to hopefully be involved until the very end.

"Obviously I would have wanted to get the singles, though".

"I competed really well", Konta said.

Having met Gilles Muller in a sushi bar in Wimbledon village the previous evening, Aljaz Bedene was sent crashing out of the tournament by the 16th seed from Luxembourg.

It was a great competitive showing from the Brit, who will be duelling with Kyle Edmund for the spot of British No. 2 when the tour picks up again for towards the second half of the year. Halep beat Peng Shuai, 6-4, 7-6 (7).

Croatian seventh seed Cilic will bid for a fourth successive Wimbledon quarter-final berth when he takes on Bautista Agut.

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

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.

The more substantive headline is waiting to be written in the second week of this tournament.

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