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Wimbledon

Wimbledon

No British woman has ever won Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977.

So there was further good news for the British tennis fraternity yesterday when Jo Konta was able to shrug off the thoracic spine injury which caused her to withdraw so abruptly from the semi-finals at Eastbourne and report herself fit to pick up the daunting challenge of becoming the first home victor of the women's singles last Wimbledon since Virginia Wade 40 years ago.

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. "I think I showed that today". "We were out there for a long time and both of us battled incredibly hard and whoever was going to draw the (short) straw was going to be hurting and obviously I feel very fortunate to have got through that".

On grass she asserted her superiority by taking the ball on after a nervy beginning and showing the kind of pedigree that saw her beat world No 1 Angelique Kerber in Eastbourne before she was forced to pull out of the semi-finals on the south coast after taking a nasty fall.

"Overall I'm coming into Wimbledon with some great time on the grass against some great players.", she added.

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Johanna Konta made good of the rest and did what she had to do. Konta has reached the third round for the first time at the All England Club, but after a strong year in which she has established herself in the top 10 the Briton will be looking to advance much further. "This is what makes the game unsafe on grass". Not many players get a home slam, so I feel very fortunate. She doesn't give you much rhythm. "You know, that doesn't guarantee anything here results-wise, but I definitely have prepared the best I can to perform here. I will always enjoy it, that I was one day the No. 1, even like when I will look back in five years".

The 26-year-old has said she is recovering well from her thoracic spine injury - which affects the upper back - and is ready for her meeting with Su-Wei Hsieh from Taiwan.

In men's singles, Japan's Kei Nishikori believes he can win Wimbledon this year after breezing through his first-round clash with Italy's Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.

"I trusted my game against her - she played better than last time we faced each other but so did I".

Konta picked up from where she left off in Eastbourne to win 6-2, 6-2 in 64 minutes against the world No 113, ensuring there was no repeat of her surprise loss in Paris in the very contrasting environment of a Roland Garros clay court.

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