World No.19 Johanna Konta is the first British woman seeded at Wimbledon since 1984, but besides making history for her country, the 25-year-old today made history for her tennis career, winning a main-draw match at SW19 for the first time.
Coming to Wimbledon following a successful semifinal run in her hometown of Eastbourne, which included a victory over two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Konta made a strong start at the grasscourt Grand Slam, quickly finishing the first set against Monica Puig by virtue of three breaks of serve to her opponent’s none.
Konta’s momentum was haulted in the second set, though, as rain interrupted the match at 2-1 and pushed it to Wednesday. When play resumed, Puig felt better on the court, held her serve at the resumption and immediately broke Konta’s serve, but the 16th-seeded Brit regrouped, broke back in the eighth game and proceeded with the winning ways to delight the home crowd. Final score: 6-1 7-5.
Reminder: Do you know that Konta was ranked No.126 at last year’s Wimbledon? Also, this is her first main-draw win at Wimbledon in five tries. (photo: Jimmie48)