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Wimbledon Day 3 | Watson sweeps into third round

Wimbledon Day 3 | Watson sweeps into third round

Heather Watson provided a shock upset at Wimbledon as she made it through to the third round for the firts time by keeping her “cool”. The Brit stunned 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-0 6-4 in baking temperatures on Court Three.

I felt very good at the beginning. Very ‘on' it.. Relaxed. More so than in my first match Heather Watson

Watson, ranked 102, began like an express train, taking full advantage of an out-of-touch opponent to take the opening set in just 19 minutes.

Sevastova recovered her composure and form in the second set but her opponent, encouraged by a big home crowd,  refused  to buckle as she broke the Latvian to 15 to take the match in just 61 minutes.

The crowd then chanted ‘let’s go Heather, let’s go’ as she pivoted to wave to all its members with the sunniest smile. One that refused to leave her face as she exited for the changing room.

Watson,  who gave Serena Williams a scare when she served for the match against the eventual champion two years ago, said: “I felt very good at the beginning. Very ‘on’ it.. Relaxed. More so than in my first match.

“She’s a great player and I knew she would come back. Raise her level. But I kept my cool. Remained calm.”

Watson, 25, only boasted two wins over top 50 players this year before reaching the semi-finals of Eastbourne last week. And had been unable to qualify for the main draw of the French Open.

But Olympian and Fed Cup ace Watson  has clearly found momentum with the smell of grass in her nostrils.

She said: “I am seeing the ball big. Moving well, which you need on grass. And, although I had a few double faults,  felt all-in-all that I was serving well.

  • Watson was speaking to the BBC.


About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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