Wimbledon 2019: Jo Konta and Harriet Dart fly the British flag into round three

Jo Konta in action at Wimbledon
Jo Konta in action at Wimbledon

British duo Johanna Konta and Harriet Dart both reached the third round of the women's singles at Wimbledon.

The British number one Konta joined fellow home hope Harriet Dart in round three following another confident display against Katerina Siniakova.

A 6-3 6-4 victory ensured Britain has two women in the third round for only the second time since Jo Durie and Anne Hobbs in 1986.

Czech player Siniakova, ranked 38 in the world, beat Konta in their only previous meeting in 2017, but she was hardly given a sniff of a repeat on Centre Court.

It was a commanding performance, particularly on serve, from Konta who looks to be carrying on the form which took her to the French Open semi-finals in May.

The 28-year-old will now face American Sloane Stephens, who she swept aside 6-4 6-1 in Paris, on Saturday.

Konta, who reached the last four in 2017, said: "I don't really compare myself to myself. I think I'm in a good place right now. I think I'm playing good tennis.

"I'm definitely enjoying the tennis I'm playing. I feel like I'm asking my opponents a lot of questions.

"I feel like I'm answering quite a few, as well, when they ask me questions out on court.

"I think I've been kind of building on my level each tournament, each match I've been playing as the season has been going. I'm pleased with that.

"We know it's never just an upward trajectory. Overall I'm just really glad that I came through a tough match today, and just looking forward to being in the third round."

Stephens said: "It's been a rough year with Jo Konta! Like I said, I've got to get her this time if I play her, obviously.

"But she's a great player, so I'm just going to have to go out and try a new game plan, new style, try some different stuff and just compete."

Earlier British number four Dart reached the third round at Wimbledon for the first time and booked a meeting with world number one Ashleigh Barty.

After taking the first set on a tie-break, Dart looked in trouble when Beatriz Haddad Maia took the match into a decider.

The 22-year-old played some confident, high-class tennis, but when her levels dropped and she became frustrated Haddad Maia took advantage.

However, Haddad Maia needed extensive treatment on a hip problem and a refocused Dart reeled off five games in a row to run out a 7-6 (4) 3-6 6-1 winner.

Serving at 5-4, world number 182 Dart was two points from clinching the first set but Haddad Maia broke back and then held to take the lead for the first time.

A bold service game from Dart took the set into a tie-break and, back in aggressive mode, she took it impressively.

Dart, whose ankle was already strapped, required further treatment during the changeover and on the resumption promptly dropped serve.

They exchanged breaks again, Dart slipping from 40-0 up, and Haddad Maia went on to level the match.

At 1-1 in the decider Haddad Maia took the medical time-out and Dart, sensing her chance, stepped on the gas to book a dream third-round showdown with Barty.

Dart said: "I think I'm just learning from all these experiences that I'm having this year. Everything is still pretty new for me.

"This is my second Wimbledon. I'm still finding my feet. I'm definitely proving that my tennis is right up there with the level. I'm just doing the best that I can. I'm just really excited to play my next match."

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