British No1 Johanna Konta admits she is relishing a further chance to dish out revenge after dismantling Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Su-Wei in her Wimbledon opener.
Like fellow Briton Sir Andy Murray, Konta brushed aside injury fears following the spinal problem she suffered at the Aegon International at Eastbourne last week to thrash world No113 Hsieh 6-2, 6-2 in little more than an hour.
World No7 Konta lost to Hsieh at the French Open in May, while her opponent in round two will be Croatia’s Donna Vekic, who defeated the Sydney-born 26-year-old in the final of the Nottingham Open last month.
“It’s another opportunity for me to play against someone who the last time I played had a very good match,” said Konta, who is the first British woman among the top 10 seeds at Wimbledon since 1984.
“It’s another opportunity for me to try and find a way to come out on top this time.”
British No2 Heather Watson followed Konta’s lead and progressed to the second round with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) triumph over world No119 Maryna Zanevska of Belgium, although fellow Briton Laura Robson bowed out after losing 6-4, 6-2 to Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Former Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, meanwhile, broke down in tears after being questioned about her involvement in a fatal car accident in which a man died and Florida police allege she caused. Williams, who beat Elise Mertens, said: “There are no words to describe how devastating [it is].