Johanna Konta into Wimbledon second round with win over Vikhlyantseva

• British No 1 wins 7-5, 7-6 winner in hour and three quarters
• Konta loses five match points before winning on sixth

Most of Johanna Konta’s very good and marginal qualities were on show on day two at Wimbledon, as she overcame her own nerves and a rousing fightback by the 21-year-old Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva to start her campaign on No 2 Court with a 7-5, 7-6 (7) win in just under two hours.

“The first round is always tricky, both players trying to find our footing, and the wind was very tricky,” the British No 1 said courtside. “[I had] a few nerves, but I enjoyed every second of it. I didn’t do too much wrong, and she played some good points. I’m playing these championships independent of what happened last year. I’d like to think I’m a little wiser. I’m working very hard to be here for the full two weeks. I think I stayed my own best fan, feeding myself good thoughts.”

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