Britain's Watson aims for first taste of second week


"I was really just trying to stay as focused on what I was trying to do out there, and not necessarily get caught up in her web", the 26-year-old said of Hsieh, who had beaten her in three sets on the Paris clay.

Williams, Kei Nishikori and Johanna Konta had to grind their way into the last 32, while new mum Victoria Azarenka continued her comeback bid for Grand Slam glory.

"I'm actually seeing them a few weeks later", she smiled.

"I think there's definitely more awareness of us this fortnight". I'm pretty sure favourites also come and go, they change daily nearly. I could easily put myself in her shoes and feel what she was feeling.

1 breezed through to round four with an impressive performance over Sakkari on Court No. 1, securing victory in one hour 16 minutes.

Second seed and French Open finalist Simona Halep moved through in straight sets over China's Peng Shuai.

Watson has dropped to a ranking of 102 after a hard start to the year, but an impressive grass-court season - which included a run to the Eastbourne semi-finals - will see her rise back into the top 100. "I was prepared a little bit, but it's always different when you stand against opponent for the first time". "It still doesn't really register in my mind quite yet, but I'm really looking forward to it".

British tennis star Johanna Konta is continuing to make her country proud as she battles her way to the championship match at Wimbledon. Mini-breaks abounded before Konta edged ahead, needing just a single set point to close out a tight, high quality set. "They change daily nearly", said Konta.

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GETTY Benoit Paire struggled to break down Andy Murray after a close first set

The temperature soared toward 85 degrees (near 30 Celsius) after being in the low 70s (20s Celsius) the prior two days.

"Yeah, I think was a tough one".

Ostapenko had never claimed a WTA-level title until her fairytale victory in Paris last month but she is a growing force in the women's game and her fourth round meeting with Svitolina is the pick of the women's draw. "I felt like an animal, but a very slow animal". "But a very slow animal". Kvitova had lost to Madison Brengle on Wednesday.

Azarenka defeated Russian 15th seed Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-3 yesterday in her first Grand Slam since taking a year off to have her first child in December.

Fellow Brit Andy Murray has urged Konta to embrace that support as she acclimatises to the pressure of ending a 40-year wait for a home-grown women's Wimbledon champion.

The Luxembourg player ground out a 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-4 win.

Watson has spent much of the a year ago without a regular coach and credits Phillips and Colin Beecher, who she began working with at the start of the clay season, for helping her turn things around.

If the head to head is an indication of things to come, this is going to be a tight match that comes down to one or two mistakes.