Wimbledon Day 3 | Watson sweeps into third round
David Musgrove Phoyography
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.