Konta, Edmund revive British spirits at Wimbledon

2018-07-03 16:28
Johanna Konta (AP)

London - With Andy Murray pulling out of Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament, the two-time champion's shock absence has put the spotlight on his fellow Britons at the grass-court Grand Slam.

Of the four Britons in action on Monday, only teenager Katie Swan emerged victorious with a shock success against world number 36 Irina-Camelia Begu

A look at how Britain's male and female players fared without Murray to carry the flag at the All England Club on Tuesday:

Johanna Konta

Konta made the semi-finals last year, but the highest ranked British woman has struggled since then and had to dig deep to see off Russian world number 88 Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

Konta was a 7-5, 7-6 (9/7) winner, but the world number 24 conceded there was room for improvement.

"The conditions were tricky, it was very breezy, and there were some nerves there, but I enjoyed every second of it," Konta said.

Kyle Edmund

Murray's time on the sidelines has left Edmund as Britain's top ranked man and the world number 17 underlined his impressive rise with a 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Australian qualifier Alex Bolt.

Edmund made a surprise run to the Australian Open semi-finals in January, but the 23-year-old had won only one match in five previous Wimbledon appearances.

The 23-year-old takes on Japan's Yuichi Sugita or American qualifier Bradley Klahn for a place in the third round.

Naomi Broady

Just 24 hours after her brother Liam was thrashed by Milos Raonic in the men's singles, it was Naomi's turn to suffer a first round exit.

Broady is ranked 138 after a troubled career marred by an infamous incident that saw her national federation funding withdrawn after she posted a photo of herself hugging a condom machine.

Facing defending Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza on Centre court, the 28-year-old wild card looked nervous at times as the Spaniard eased to a 6-2, 7-5 win.

Jay Clarke

Clarke was making his Wimbledon debut after being given a wildcard and the promising 19-year-old wasn't overawed as he pushed Latvian Ernests Gulbis all the way before losing 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-4.

Clarke, ranked 218, recently revealed he has suffered racist abuse on social media.

But Clarke, who only won his first ATP level match last week, departed to warm applause from the crowd after his enthralling clash with the former French Open semi-finalist and ex-world number 10.

Famous Four?

There are four more Britons in action on Tuesday, with Katy Dunne, Gabriella Taylor, Heather Watson and Katie Boulter all due to play first round matches.

Wimbledon results on Tuesday, the second day of the 2018 championships (x denotes seeded player):


First round

Radu Albot (MDA) bt Pablo Carreño-Busta (ESP x20) 3-6, 6-0, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-1

Bernard Tomic (AUS) bt Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/2)

Damir Džumhur (BIH x27) bt Maximilian Marterer (GER) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

Juan Martín Del Potro (ARG x5) bt Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Federico Del Bonis (ARG) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2


First round

Johanna Konta (GBR x22) bt Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 7-5, 7-6 (9/7)

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) bt Alize Cornet (FRA) 7-6 (7/3), 6-1

Daria Gavrilova (AUS x26) bt Caroline Dolehide (USA) 6-2, 6-3

Samantha Stosur (AUS) bt Peng Shuai (CHN) 6-4, 7-5

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x17) bt Stefanie Vögele (SUI) 7-5, 6-3

Claire Liu (USA) bt Ana Konjuh (CRO) 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3

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