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Konta in third round at Wimbledon

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Britain's Johanna Konta celebrates after winning the women's singles match against Croatia's Donna Vekic at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London yesterday.

LONDON, (AP):

Britain's biggest hope for a women's champi.on at Wimbledon worked her way into the third round yesterday.

Johanna Konta trailed early, but managed to come back and hang on for a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-8 victory over Donna Vekic on Centre Court.

Konta, seeded sixth, is in the third round at the All England Club for the first time in six appearances. She reached the final at a grass-court warm-up tournament in Birmingham last month, but lost to Vekic.

"I think I overall trusted my game a bit more this time," said Konta, who is trying to become the first British woman to win the Wimbledon title since Virginia Wade in 1977.

On Court 16, Daniil Medvedev expressed his anger after losing his match by throwing some coins at the foot of the chair umpire's chair.

Medvedev, an unseeded Russian who beat Stan Wawrinka in the first round, lost to Ruben Bemelmans 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3 in the second round.

After the match ended, both players shook hands with chair umpire Mariana Alves. Medvedev then grabbed his wallet and pulled out some coins and tossed them toward the chair.

"In the heat of the moment, I did a bad thing, and I apologise for this," said Medvedev, who denied that he was implying that the chair umpire was paid off. "I was just frustrated. It had no meaning."

When the Wimbledon gates opened on Wednesday morning, the race was on to get the best spot on Mount Murray.

 

COVETED SPOT

 

The hill next to No. 1 Court at Wimbledon, formerly known as Henman Hill and also referred to as Murray Mound, was a coveted spot for Day 3 at the All England Club because Konta and Andy Murray were scheduled to play their second-round matches on Centre Court.

Thousands of fans on the grounds and without tickets to the main stadium often gather on the hill to watch the action on a giant TV screen.

Following Konta's victory, Murray beat Dustin Brown of Germany 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

Other women's winners yesterday include five-time champion Venus Williams, former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka and eighth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova. For the men, seventh-seeded Marin Cilic, ninth-seeded Kei Nishikori, 12th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 16th-seeded Gilles Muller and 24th-seeded Sam Querrey advanced.