Wimbledon: Konta battles back, Murray and Williams win on debut

06/07/2019

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Johanna Konta at Wimbledon

Super Saturday at Wimbledon saw plenty of drama unfold for home fans as Johanna Konta battled back from a set down to defeat Sloane Stephens, Dan Evans fell in a five-set thriller, Harriet Dart's epic run came to an end against world No.1 Ash Barty, and Andy Murray and Serena Williams made an impressive start to their mixed doubles campaign. 

Konta battles back

British No.1 Johanna Konta faced 9th seed Sloane Stephens on No.1 Court and brilliantly fought back from a set down to capture a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory. 

The result marked Konta's fourth win against the 2017 US Open champion this year and steps her into the fourth round of Wimbledon for the second time in her career.  

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Up next for the British 19th seed is two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Monday. The pair have met four times before and twice on grass, both holding one win apiece. 

Evans falls in five-set thriller

Dan Evans has enjoyed a remarkable grass court season - he's won two ATP Challenger titles (Surbiton and Nottingham), reached the quarter-finals of an ATP 250 (Eastbourne) and matched his career-best at Wimbledon by reaching the third round. 

He faced Portugal's Joao Sousa for a place in the final-16 and was pushed to his limits as he fell in a tantalisingly close five-set marathon to the world No.69. In a match that lasted longer than four hours, Sousa eventually clinched the 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 victory. 

Dart's epic run ends on Centre Court 

Harriet Dart has hit headlines over the past week, winning her first main draw Grand Slam match, clinching her first back-to-back wins at tour level, and cheered on by the Duchess of Cambridge during her first round clash. 

The Fed Cup star faced a tough test up against world No.1 Ash Barty on Centre Court and her impressive SW19 run was brought to an end as she suffered a 6-1, 6-1 defeat. 

Murray and Williams win on debut

Fans went wild on Saturday as the highly anticipated mixed doubles campaign between Andy Murray and Serena Williams got off to a winning start on Centre Court.

The pair sailed to a 6-4, 6-1 win over Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi and they will play 14th seeds Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo in the second round on Tuesday. 

Three-time Grand Slam singles champion Murray was also in action earlier in the day in the men's doubles with Pierre-Hugues Herbert, but the pair fell 6-7, (7), 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 to Croatian sixth seeds Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor.  Cam Norrie and Jaume Munar also missed out on making the third round as they lost 1-6, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-2, 6-2 to Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof. 

More mixed doubles action 

British duo Evan Hoyt and Eden Silva continued their impressive campaign by defeating 16th seeds Divij Sharan and Yingying Duan 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the third round. 

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Meanwhile, despite some strong battles, there were losses for Heather Watson and Henri Continen, Jay Clarke and Coco Guaff, Luke Bambridge and Asia Muhammad, and Neal Skupski and Hao-Ching Chan. Check out full results here

Budding Brits

Saturday also saw the juniors draws get underway with Eden Richardson, Arthur Fery, James Story and Sonay Kartal all progressing to the final round. Check out full results here

Brits in action on Day 7

With no play on Middle Sunday, the Brits will return to action on Monday with Johanna Konta, Jamie Murray, Joe Salisbury all set to appear. Check out the full order of play here.  

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