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Sunday 18 August 2019

Champ Kerber crashes out to Davis

Lauren Davis
Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis realised a dream by playing at Wimbledon and then stunned defending champion Angelique Kerber in the second round.

The American celebrated Independence Day in style by beating the German fifth seed 2-6 6-2 6-1 on Court Two.

The 25-year-old should not even be in the main draw after a defeat in qualifying, but was given a spot at SW19 as a lucky loser just two hours later and has not looked back.

Having seen off Kateryna Kozlova in the first round, Davis then pulled off the biggest win of her career by sending Kerber packing on day four.

She said: "Yeah, definitely been incredible. I was super disappointed having lost last round of qualies.

"I found out less than two hours later that I got into main. I was ecstatic about that. It's honestly a dream being here.

"I wouldn't say that I was surprised because I always believe in myself. She's (Kerber) obviously an incredible champion. I have immense respect for her. I definitely believe in myself and believe that I can hang with these girls and beat them."

Johanna Konta, who has yet to drop a set at this year's tournament had a commanding 6-3 6-4 victory against Katerina Siniakova.

It was a ruthless performance, particularly on serve, from Konta who looks to be building on the form she showed at Roland Garros.

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

World number one Ashleigh Barty made a real statement of intent with a second-round demolition of Alison Van Uytvanck.

Barty, chasing back-to-back grand slams following her French Open success, beat the Belgian 6-1 6-3.

Serena Williams recovered from losing the first set against qualifier Kaja Juvan. The seven-time Wimbledon winner went on to beat the 18-year-old Slovenian 2-6 6-2 6-4.

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