Wimbledon: Johanna Konta cruises into the last 16 after straight sets victory

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Jack Sock, who teamed up with Mattek-Sands to win an Olympic gold medal in mixed doubles previous year, paid his own tribute to his ailing compatriot by penning her name on his tennis shoes, BETHANIE on the left and MATTEK-SANDS on the right.

But the Scot, who faces Fabio Fognini today, saw glimpses of it in the locker room on Wednesday as he watched her defeat Donna Vekic and feels it's a weapon she must engage.

SO Kyle Edmund couldn't make it five out of five for Great Britain in the singles yesterday.

FOR the time being, Andy Murray is sharing the spotlight with fellow British players and it's a novel situation for him. "She's definitely playing with confidence in the slams", Konta said.

In his column for the BBC, Murray also lifted the lid on the pressures on British players at SW19.

"I absolutely love playing in front of Brit crowds".

Turned out, she didn't need to stress about a shutout for too long: Brengle broke the strong-serving Kvitova to take the very first game. You just need to know how to manage it.

He said, after the match: "Every time I give my best till the end".

The sixth day will see, among others, Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokovic in action. But "spectators who had queued for hours and paid at least £56 for a ticket were" left feeling "short-changed", says the London Evening Standard. "It hurt a lot today", said the Guernsey player.

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"But it doesn't make a difference to how I feel and how I prepare for my own matches". Obviously we want to try and do better than that.

"I was very upset after that match, to lose that one", she said. "Especially if you walk out on the Centre Court, there is a responsibility". "Any woman can play at an incredibly high level on any day".

A total of seven men and one woman retired from Wimbledon during this year's first round.

Konta won 6-4 6-1 on Court 1 to keep her championship hopes alive, and delight a home crowd that had already witnessed the eliminations of Heather Watson and Aljaz Bedene.

With the two-time Grand Slam champion playing just her fifth match since returning to the sport following the birth of her son, Watson stole an early march, breaking her opponent to move into a commanding 4-1 lead in the opening set.

"The whole match I was a little bit on the back foot". Mrs Barson's husband, 78-year-old Jerome, sustained injuries from which he never recovered.

In a dramatic match, the combustible Fognini was docked a point for an obscene gesture in the fourth set as Murray saved five set points and fought back from 5-2 down. I am enjoying a book by Cecilia Ahern and I have started watching the new season of Poldark. Life, you can't prepare for everything.

"The first few times I'd got to the third round, I was pleased with myself that I'd done well".