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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