Andy Murray and Johanna Konta through on day of British Wimbledon success

July 6, 2017

Andy Murray and Johanna Konta kept up their challenges for the gentlemen's and ladies' singles titles at the Championships, Wimbledon, but they were not the only Britons enjoying success on day three of the event yesterday (July 5th).

In total, four Britons made progress in the singles, with Heather Watson securing a highly impressive 6-0, 6-4 win over 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova and Alijaz Bedene beating Damir Džumhur 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. 

Konta's match was the most thrilling, however, as she took on Donna Kevic, the rising star who beat her in the final of the Nottingham Open last month. In a tight battle characterised by some high-quality tennis, Vekic broke Konta to serve for the first set, only for the sixth seed to break back and take it on the tie-break.

However, Vekic was not done yet; her outstanding forehand was a potent weapon and when she broke Konta in the second set, she did not relinquish her advantage.

The decider brought the match to a superb climax as both players frequently found themselves 0-30 down on serve, but fought back. In the end, it was Konta who was able to force the decisive break to come through 10-8. But Vekic will definitely be a player to look out for in the years ahead.

By contrast, Murray's match against Dustin Brown was a straightforward affair as he beat the Jamaican-German 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. The world number one looked in good shape against his flamboyant opponent, with little hint of his hip problem. Apart from a few later difficulties with his first serve, Murray was clearly starting to show the sort of form that will make him a contender to retain his crown.

The success of the Britons could get even better today as Kyle Edmund hopes to make it five in the third round against 15th seed Gael Monfils.

Konta was certainly delighted to be part of the home nation's success, as well as the support she is getting. She remarked: "I absolutely love playing in front of Brit crowds. Not many players get a home Slam, so I feel very fortunate about that."

However, Murray is keen that the success of Britons so far is just a stepping stone to bigger and better things. 

He said: "It is obviously good to have more players playing in the Slams and winning matches but hopefully we can keep going.

"I wouldn't say that this is the target - to get five players into the third round. We obviously want to try to do better than that.

"I don't know what the level is, but aim as high as you can. Why not try to get five or six players into the quarter-finals of Slams?"

Fans booking corporate hospitality for the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in November may agree with that sentiment. They can expect Andy Murray to be there, as well as brother Jamie in the doubles, but fans will look forward to the day when more Britons are part of that showpiece event.

Jamie Murray will be having two stabs at Wimbledon glory this year. As well as his partnership with Bruno Soares in the men's doubles, he has signed up to partner Martina Hingis in the mixed doubles.

The older Murray brother has already won this title at Wimbledon, partnering Jelena Jankovic to victory in 2007.

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