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Australian Open: Johanna Konta fit after injury but Brits may feel pain

Konta and Kyle Edmund lead British hopes in Melbourne but the draw has not been kind and hopes of any second-week involvement do not look particularly strongAs the thin red line of British tennis thickened to a modest eight players in Melbourne on Frid…

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Wimbledon day two highlights: Nadal cruises through as Kvitova suffers shock exit – video

The world No 1 Simona Halep and defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza, along with British hope Johanna Konta, escaped the continuing carnage in Wimbledon’s women’s draw with first-round wins. Two-time former champion Petra Kvitova blamed increa…

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Johanna Konta conquers Heather Watson in Nottingham’s battle of Britain

• Konta triumphs 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the wind at Nature Valley Open • British No 4 Katie Boulter overcomes Sam Stosur 7-6 (8/6), 6-1Johanna Konta won the all-British battle against Heather Watson to reach the quarter-finals of the Nature Valley Open in Not…

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Heather Watson out of French Open after tame defeat to Elise Mertens

• Watson loses 6-3, 6-4 to Belgian in second round• Watson holds serve only twice during defeat to world No 16Something went horribly wrong with Heather Watson’s tennis on Thursday as she held serve only twice in an hour and a half, allowing Elise Mert…

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French Open 2018: Heather Watson, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal in action – live!

Live updates from day five at Roland GarrosNadal and Osaka expose surface tensions in ParisSend Katy an email | Tweet @KatyMurrells 10.46am BST Anything Stosur can do … Marin Cilic has just taken the first set by the same score on Philippe Chatrier …

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French Open 2018 day two: Kvitova, Wawrinka and Djokovic in action – live!

Updates from around the courts at Roland GarrosKonta hits out after another early exit in ParisEmail John or tweet @JohnBrewin_ 10.50am BST That bravery doesn’t stop him being broken again to go 5-2 down. Meanwhile, another big name is in trouble. Kvit…

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French Open 2018 day two: Kvitova, Wawrinka and Djokovic in action – live!

Updates from around the courts at Roland GarrosKonta hits out after another early exit in ParisEmail John or tweet @JohnBrewin_ 10.50am BST That bravery doesn’t stop him being broken again to go 5-2 down. Meanwhile, another big name is in trouble. Kvit…

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From Murray’s travails to Robredo’s tears – it’s a love of tennis that keeps them going

In a week when Hyeon Chung, the world No 20, pulled out of the French Open that starts on Sunday, the Spanish veteran Robredo provided compelling evidence of his love for the gameThe French Open lost another fine player from the men’s draw when Hy…

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Heather Watson feeling young at heart as she aims for Australian Open progress

British No2 has had a fair amount of injury heartache in her career but this is her seventh time in Melbourne and she says is keen to make her markAn enduring paradox of modern tennis is that players are lasting longer at the top and suffering more for…

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Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis win Wimbledon mixed doubles crown

• Pair triumph in battle of the Brits against Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen
• Straight-sets victory gives Murray his fourth grand slam title and Hingis her 23rd

Jamie Murray ensured the family name will be on a Wimbledon trophy for the third time in five years as he and former world No1 Martina Hingis beat the defending champions Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen of Finland 6-4, 6-4 to win the mixed doubles title. After the painful end to Andy Murray’s title defence, it was left to Jamie to produce the goods and he and Hingis, the No1 seeds, duly clinched victory in 71 minutes.

With Murray and Watson on opposite sides of the net, it was a win-win situation for British fans on Centre Court, the vast majority of whom had stuck around after seeing Roger Federer clinch a record eighth singles title earlier in the day. And they were rewarded with a match full of power, angles, deft volleys and outstanding movement around the net, especially from Murray, whose net skills left the crowd gasping at times.

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Wimbledon 2017 mixed doubles final: Murray/Hingis v Watson/Kontinen – live!

4.58pm BST

First set: Mur/Hin 0-1 Kon/Wat* (*denotes server)

Henri Kontinen hurts Jamie Murray with a couple of big serves and the Finn and Heather Watson high-five to celebrate taking the first game.

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The players are walking down those stairs and out onto centre court. We’ll be underway in no time.

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Wimbledon: Andy Murray and Jo Konta both win on day five – video highlights

British hopes are alive and well at Wimbledon following wins for Andy Murray and Jo Konta on Friday. Konta dismissed Greece’s Maria Sakkari in straight sets before Murray then beat Italian Fabio Fognini in a four-set thriller on Centre Court. Heather Watson took the opening set in her match with Victoria Azarenka but was eventually defeated 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

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Heather Watson out of Wimbledon after three-set defeat to Victoria Azarenka

• British No2 loses 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in third round
• Simona Halep and Venus Williams reach last 16

The tag of plucky loser does not appeal to any athlete with serious designs on leaving a lasting impact on their sport, even to a British player punching above her weight at Wimbledon, and it was hard for Heather Watson to focus on the positives after squandering the opportunity to become known for something more than coming within a whisker of defeating Serena Williams in the third round two years ago.

As Wimbledon’s absent champion discovered during that impertinent assault on her rule over Centre Court in 2015, Watson is a major threat when she is in the zone. The British No2 is often asked about that match and longs to shape a new narrative. But the sense that Watson will only ever be almost good enough will persist until she works out how to put away opponents of Victoria Azarenka’s class.

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Johanna Konta takes revenge on Donna Vekic to reach Wimbledon third round

• British No1 beats Donna Vekic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-8
• Two British women into third round for first time since 1986

If the Centre Court spectators on Tuesday did not get their money’s worth then Wednesday’s already had by the end of the first match in which Johanna Konta overcame Donna Vekic in a thrilling tussle.

It lasted three hours and 10 minutes, more than the entirety of play the day before, when both Roger Federer’s and Novak Djokovic’s opponents withdrew through injury. But it was not solely about quantity. This was high-quality fare and a superb advert for the sometimes unfairly maligned women’s game. Konta celebrated the final point, a netted Vekic forehand in the 18th game of the third set, with a double fist pump but seconds later she was consoling her beaten 21-year-old opponent.

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Johanna Konta takes revenge on Donna Vekic to reach Wimbledon third round

• British No1 beats Donna Vekic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-8
• Two British women into third round for first time since 1986

If the Centre Court spectators on Tuesday did not get their money’s worth then Wednesday’s already had by the end of the first match in which Johanna Konta overcame Donna Vekic in a thrilling tussle.

It lasted three hours and 10 minutes, more than the entirety of play the day before, when both Roger Federer’s and Novak Djokovic’s opponents withdrew through injury. But it was not solely about quantity. This was high-quality fare and a superb advert for the sometimes unfairly maligned women’s game. Konta celebrated the final point, a netted Vekic forehand in the 18th game of the third set, with a double fist pump but seconds later she was consoling her beaten 21-year-old opponent.

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Johanna Konta fit for Wimbledon after hurting spine in ‘traumatic fall’

• Konta plays Hsieh Su-wei, who beat her in French Open first round
• Heather Watson boosted by winning runs in Surbiton and Eastbourne

It is only a few days since we absorbed the chilling image of Johanna Konta sobbing into the turf of Eastbourne, her head throbbing wildly from a whiplashed tumble and her prospects of playing at Wimbledon in the call of doctors rightly concerned about the state of her thoracic spinal cord.

Cue the smiling arrival of Britain’s No1 hope in the women’s draw here on Sunday, as the sixth seed, and all seems well with her world. No, she says, there was never any doubt she would play – although there was no convincing evidence from her camp to that effect in the worrying day or so after she fell on her way to defeating the world No1, Angelique Kerber, in the quarter-finals of the Aegon tournament in her home town.

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Heather Watson tells online trolls: sport isn’t about looking perfect

Tennis player sends defiant message to critics of her appearance, saying women need to feel comfortable in their own skin

The British tennis player Heather Watson has spoken out against online abuse she has received over her weight and appearance and urged other women to “feel comfortable in their own skin”.

Watson, 25, won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon last year but received abuse after she lost in the first round of the singles having failed to convert three match points against the German player Annika Beck.

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Johanna Konta beats team-mate Heather Watson at Indian Wells

• British No1 Konta wins 6-4, 6-4 in 94 minutes against British No2
• Elina Svitolina extends winning run to 14 matches against Wang Qiang

Johanna Konta beat Heather Watson in straight sets as the British pair met for the first time on the WTA Tour at Indian Wells. Konta, the British No1 and 11th seed, moved into the third round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over the British No2.

Related: Ashleigh Barty wins first WTA title less than 12 months since returning to tennis

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Johanna Konta beats team-mate Heather Watson at Indian Wells

• British No1 Konta wins 6-4, 6-4 in 94 minutes against British No2
• Elina Svitolina extends winning run to 14 matches against Wang Qiang

Johanna Konta beat Heather Watson in straight sets as the British pair met for the first time on the WTA Tour at Indian Wells. Konta, the British No1 and 11th seed, moved into the third round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over the British No2.

Related: Ashleigh Barty wins first WTA title less than 12 months since returning to tennis

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Heather Watson and Johanna Konta set for all-British match at Indian Wells

• Watson defeats Nicole Gibbs to set up BNP Paribas Open second-round tie
• Konta the favourite as Britain’s two leading women meet for first time on Tour

Heather Watson defeated Nicole Gibbs 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to set up an all-British second-round match with Johanna Konta at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Related: Serena Williams to cede No1 ranking after Indian Wells injury withdrawal

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