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Wimbledon Day 1 | Konta and Watson progress

Wimbledon Day 1 | Konta and Watson progress

Jo Konta surge into the second round of Wimbledon with a revenge victory by staying out of her opponent’s “web”. The British No.1 beat Hsieh Su-Wei from Chinese Taipei, the world 113 who defeated her at the French Open, 6-2 6-2.

I was really just trying to stay as focused on what I was trying to do out there, and not necessarily get caught up in her web Jo Konta

It secured the world No.7’s second triumph in The Championships’ main draw.

And it was completed with no obvious signs of trouble from the back injury which forced her out of Eastbourne.

Konta, 26, Nottingham finalist and Eastbourne semi-finalist this year, said: “I’m feeling well. I said after I’d hit on Sunday, that that was kind of the first test to see how I was doing. I felt absolutely fine. And it was no different today.

“Quite honestly, I think I played a little bit better than in Paris. I think I made it maybe a little tougher for her to get into the match. However, again, it doesn’t take much for there to be a momentum swing or for her to gain some more footing on the court. I knew that in the match, that it was going to be tricky till the very end.

“She’s quite a tricky player to play. She doesn’t give you too much rhythm. I was really just trying to stay as focused on what I was trying to do out there, and not necessarily get caught up in her web.”

Heather Watson made it a British double in the singles as she overcame Belgian Maryna Zanevska 6-1 7-6.

Wild card Watson, ranked 17 spots higher in the world ranking at 102, followed up her run to the Eastbourne semi-finals last week with an impressive performance.

But she had to survive a nervy ending, squandering three match points before clinching a 6-1 7-6 victory.

Watson, 25, said: “I’m happy to get through the first round. First rounds are always tough. I’d never played Maryna before. I wasn’t really sure. You can watch as many videos as you want, but it’s different being out there on the court against them.

“I felt I got off to a great start. I felt very solid. In the second set, I felt the same. I just felt that she served extremely well in that second set, especially on the deuce side she hit a lot of aces down the T.

“Then that game at 5-4, I thought I served very well. She just made me play the extra ball. It didn’t go my way. But I was pleased with how I hung in there and was able to close it out in the end.”

Wild card Laura Robson admitted after losing her opening round match against Beatriz Haddad Maia: “I just let myself down.”

The 23-year-old Brit, who reached a career-high world 27 in July 2013 a year after winning Olympic silver with Andy Murray, has struggled to regain the early momentum in her career after a long-term injuries, including a prolonged wrist injury.

The former Junior Wimbledon champion, now ranked 189, came up short against a Brazilian opponent 97 in the rankings, losing 6-4 6-2.

Robson said: “I just didn’t feel like I played my best tennis at all. It wasn’t the way that I’ve been playing the last few weeks even. I do feel like I let myself down a bit out there. Just never really let myself get into the match.

“Just a bit overwhelmed with nerves when I first got out there, then tried to play too perfect when really I didn’t need to go for so much. I felt going into the match. I thought I had a really good chance. With the way that I’d been playing the last few weeks, there is no reason I couldn’t have won that match.

“I felt emotional, but I wasn’t close to tears. I was more angry at myself.”

Britain’s Naomi Broady crashed out 6-4 6-2 to Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania.

 

 






About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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