Updated: 25/06/2012 21:29 | By pa.press.net

Centre stage suits Watson



Heather Watson produced an assured display on Centre Court to move into round two

Heather Watson produced an assured display on Centre Court to move into round two

Heather Watson made Centre Court her stage as she thrashed experienced Czech Iveta Benesova for her first Wimbledon win.

The 20-year-old from Guernsey had to wait until the evening to see where her match would be played, and had little time to prepare for her debut on tennis' most hallowed arena. But she looked as if she had been playing there her whole career as she raced to a 6-2 6-1 victory.

Watson has played twice in the main draw at Wimbledon before, both times losing close encounters, but she is full of confidence after reaching the second round of the French Open and showing good form on grass.

The British number three has added extra weight to her groundstrokes and her serve and she wasted little time making headway on world number 55 Benesova, racing into a 4-1 lead.

The 29-year-old Czech has a poor record at Wimbledon, winning only three main-draw matches in 10 attempts, but that was to take nothing away from Watson, who had a number of chances to move 5-1 ahead. She could not take them, but it did not matter, the former US Open junior champion simply breaking on her next opportunity to take the set.

There was no danger of her letting the momentum go at the start of the second set, Watson breaking again in the second game and then, after a lengthy battle, moving into a 5-1 lead with a forehand winner down the line.

It was the same scoreline by which Benesova lost to another British player, Tara Moore, at the AEGON Classic in Birmingham two weeks ago and represented a landmark win for Watson, who next faces America's Jamie Hampton.

Naomi Broady only had herself to blame as she made a first-round Wimbledon exit at the hands of Lourdes Dominguez Lino. The 22-year-old from Stockport was always likely to be up against it against the Spaniard, ranked some 157 places above her in the world, but had more than her fair share of chances in a 6-4 7-6 (7/4) defeat.

Johanna Konta's Wimbledon debut against Christina McHale was left on a knife-edge after play was suspended due to fading light with the players locked at 7-7 in the third set. Konta, who was born in Australia but now represents Britain after receiving citizenship last month, defied all expectations to win a first-set tie-break against McHale, who at 32nd in the world is ranked 180 places above her

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