Johanna Konta becomes the latest favourite in this most wide open Wimbledon

The early exit of many seeds, including the Eastbourne champion Karolina Pliskova, leaves the No6 seed as the favourite with the bookmakers as well as the crowd

There remain five matches between Johanna Konta and the Wimbledon title, a long road filled with plenty of trouble and one well beyond anything she has achieved here before. But 40 years on from Virginia Wade’s victory, at least in the eyes of the bookmakers, the Briton is now the clear favourite to win the title.

Considering that the last two women to top the list, Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova – the latter who was beaten 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday by the world No89 Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia in round two – were immediately sent packing, perhaps no one should let her know just yet.

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