The 3rd Day at Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Draw

In the match of the day, 6th seed Johanna Konta (GBR) faced Donna Vekic (CRO) who beat her to the Nottingham Aegon Championship just 2 weeks previous. In a thrilling first set, Vekic broke Konta late in the set but Konta broke straight back forcing the pair into a tie-break, which Konta won 7-4. The effort of winning the first set showed as Konta served first in the second set and was immediately broken. Vekic maintained the break to the end of the high quality second set, taking it 6-4. The quality of the serving from both players made for a nerve wracking final set. There was no hint as to who would win as they reached 6-6. Konta faced match points against her but pulled through to create match points of her own. When she finally won 10-8, the warm exchange at the net left no doubt they had been in a classic match, the weight of which was too much for a tearful Vekic who didn’t deserve to lose, but then neither player did. Final score 7-6 4-6 10-8 in a mammoth 3:10. Konta will play world number 101 Maria Sakkari (GRE) who beat Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 6-7 6-4 6-4.

It was a hot day at Wimbledon and 11th seed Petra Kvitova (CZE) seemed to be suffering, calling for on court treatment after feeling unwell. The comeback story came to an end for the 2 time Wimbledon champion as she went out in 3 sets to world number 95 Madison Brengle (USA) 6-3 1-6 6-2. Brengle will meet 21st seed Caroline Garcia (FRA) who eased past Ana Bogdan (ROU) 6-4 6-3.

15th seed Elina Vesnina (RUS) had the unenviable second round task of a resurgent Victoria Azarenka (BLR). The 15th seed was toppled 6-3 6-3 by Azarenka who progresses to meet Heather Watson (GBR). Newly confident Watson did a professional job of despatching 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) in straight sets 6-0 6-4 in just over 1 hour.

22nd seed Barbora Strycova (CZE) was knocked out by Naomi Osaka (JPN) 6-1 0-6 6-4 who goes through to face beleaguered former champion Venus Williams (USA). The 10th seed came through after dropping the first set to Qiang Wang (CHN) 4-6 6-4 6-1.

13th seed and French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) drops another set on her way through the draw. She beat Francoise Abanda (CAN) 4-6 7-6 6-3 and faces Camila Giorgi (ITA) who dumped out 17th seed Madison Keys (USA) 6-4 6-7 6-1.

The 25th seed Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) was knocked out by Shuai Peng (CHN) in straight sets 6-2 6-2. Peng will face one of the tournament favourites 2nd seed Simona Halep (ROU) who had no trouble getting past Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 7-5 6-3.

4th seed Elina Svitolina (UKR) continues her campaign with a convincing win against former French Open winner Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 6-3 6-0 in just 52 mins. She plays Carina Witthoeft (GER) who knocked out the 26th seed Lucic-Baroni (CRO) in the first round. Witthoeft beat Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 7-6 3-6 6-3 in the second round.

8th seed Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) breezed past Jennifer Brady (USA) 6-4 6-4 to reach the 3rd round of Wimbledon for the 7th time in her career. She’ll face 27th seed Ana Konjuh (CRO) who beat Irinia-Camelia Begu (ROU) 7-6 2-6 6-3.

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