World number 95 Lauren Davis has described her second round Wimbledon win over defender champion Angelique Kerber as ‘almost surreal’.
The American, who secured a place in the main draw as a lucky loser, lost the opening set but bounced back to claim a 2-6 6-2 6-1 victory. “I am so happy to win, it is almost surreal,” said Davis.
“This means everything as it is what I work for.” The 25-year-old will take on Spain’s Carla Suarez-Navarro in the third round on Saturday.
Davis, who is 151.00 to win Wimbledon outright, is 2.25 to secure a place in the fourth round and Suarez-Navarro is 1.61 to come out on top.
For Kerber, the defeat means she will drop out of the WTA top 10 when the next set of rankings are published after her earliest Wimbledon exit in six years.
Top seed and 3.75 tournament favourite Ashleigh Barty booked her place in the third round with a comfortable 6-1 6-3 win over Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck.
The Australian will take on British hopeful Harriet Dart next and Barty was happy with her display against Van Uytvanck.
“I started particularly well and not too many errors,” she said. “A bit of a blemish trying to serve out the match, but very happy with today.”