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British hope Konta brings cheer to home fans

A lawn leader Heather yesterday after her Wimbledon victory

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.

But former world number one Azarenka, only recently back in action after giving birth to her first child, proved too strong and ran out a 3-6 6-1 6-4 victor on Centre Court. A break in the opening game was enough to secure the first set and when she broke again in a marathon, ten-minute game at the start of the second set, she had struck the lethal blow: Sakkari was on her way home.

Johanna Konta has booked her place in the fourth round of Wimbledon on the day where Heather Watson's bright campaign at SW19 was brought to an end. It wasn't your average tennis fall. "I'm just doing my best to be a part of it for the whole fortnight", she said.

I don't know. I mean, her previous match was very complicated and very tough against Vekic. Konta has shown tremendous grit thus far, and she will be facing 21-year-old Greek Maria Sakkari in the Round of 32.

The search for a female successor to Virginia Wade, whose last major win was at Wimbledon 40 years ago last Friday, had looked forlorn for so long, but the nation finally has a credible candidate in Konta. The nickname shifted to Murray when he came on the scene and eventually ended the country's 77-year wait for a homegrown men's victor when he won the title in 2013.

She dropped out of the top 100 and failed to qualify for the French Open but things finally came together again in Eastbourne last week, where she reached the semi-finals. "I'm really looking forward to that, to play someone who's in good form who will really challenge me".

No ordinary Jo Johanna Konta
No ordinary Jo Johanna Konta

It was quite odd coming on court soon after a horrific fall while playing her semifinal with Angelique Kerber.

"To be honest, obviously we are still digesting this round and I'm still focused on recovering from this match". She got through a great match today.

Garcia downed Kvitova's conqueror Madison Brengle with relative ease, winning 6-4 6-3.

Murray and Konta were the only survivors of the four home players through to the third round, with Aljaz Bedene beaten 7-6 (7/4) 7-5 6-4 by 16th seed Gilles Muller and Heather Watson losing a tight battle against Victoria Azarenka.

Roared on by a packed Court One crowd, she grew stronger and stronger as the match progressed, dominating the baseline duel. "I definitely appreciate their support", she said.

Konta was a tennis warrior and in her head vowed not to let a little bang or bump destroy her chances of playing this prestigious grass court event.