Updated: 27/06/2012 16:48 | By pa.press.net

Watson on the march



Heather Watson celebrates her 6-1 6-4 win over Jamie Hampton

Heather Watson celebrates her 6-1 6-4 win over Jamie Hampton

Heather Watson became the first British woman to reach the third round of Wimbledon in 10 years as she put in a highly impressive display to overcome American Jamie Hampton.

Playing full of confidence after her maiden win against Iveta Benesova, Watson was always expected to put a stiff challenge against Hampton, who is ranked just three places above her, and she posted a fine 6-1 6-4 win.

Watson said: "I'm just so pleased to get through that match. It wasn't easy. People will say that on paper it was a good draw but Jamie's a great player. She definitely made it hard for me in the end there, didn't give me anything.

She added: "I knew I had to come ready and playing my best. I don't think Jamie was at her best at the beginning so I tried to take advantage of that. The crowd are amazing, especially for the British players, and I'm glad I could win today not only for me but for them."

Watched by Fed Cup captain Judy Murray and a number of senior figures from the Lawn Tennis Association, the 20-year-old Guernsey player was superior to her opponent in every department and screamed with joy upon the culmination of her win, which sets up a last-32 clash with Elena Vesnina or third seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

Watson made an inspired start, holding to love before immediately breaking her opponent's serve after Hampton netted a simple forehand. Hampton was having a dreadful set, double-faulting and foot-faulting on several occasions on the way to handing Watson another break point.

The 20-year-old Guernsey player spurned three break points in the fourth game before clinching a fifth with a superb backhand return. Hampton needed a lucky net cord to hold her first service game, but Watson had already done the damage and served out to move a set ahead in just 27 minutes.

Watson began the second set in similar fashion as the first, engineering three break points and taking the final one to move 2-0 ahead. Her concentration wavered in the fourth game, allowing Hampton to break for the first time, but she broke back immediately, hammering down a fierce backhand that the American missed completely.

Hampton stunned Watson by breaking her again, but the Briton dug deep to hit back and move 4-3 up. Another break of serve seemed on the cards in the following game but Watson survived four break points to move within sight of victory.

Watson missed a match point in the ninth but showed little sign of nerves to serve out for a memorable victory that drew a standing ovation from the crowd.

84Comments
27/06/2012 14:19
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well done Heather! u have shown talent and confidence! be the winner!
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Well done. Its great to see a British sport person not just win, but clearly happy to be there playing.
27/06/2012 16:12
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so young. so impressive. go heather!
27/06/2012 16:35
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What a great advert for our little island of Guernsey. Heather Watson, you have made every single person here so proud of the way you not only play but present yourself to the media. You are now showing what rewards can be achieved by hard work and determination. GO GIRL!!!! We Sarnians are right behind you...........
27/06/2012 14:09
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Well done Heather Guernsey is proud of you

27/06/2012 14:09
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What the hell does she think she is doing? Doesn't she know we don't get past the first round. It's obvious her coaching staff have not been training her properly.

 

Only joking, of course! Well done Heather. We know the chances of you winning Wimbledon are not that high but hope you get plenty of experience from it for the future.

 

 

27/06/2012 13:47
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Well done to her, I say. Unfortunately now comes the downside - of the silly British hype-o-meter, which is about to kick in and increase the pressure on her for her next rather tough match I'm afraid. It's all so depressingly inevitable I suppose. But I say leave her alone and desist with all the crap that usually accompanies any even parially successful sportsmen and women we ever produce.
27/06/2012 13:46
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Fantastic!! IM SO HAPPY FOR HER! 

27/06/2012 13:48
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this goes to show the women are getting better,lets hope Heather can go all the way,well done girl you are an inspiration to other british tennis players.
27/06/2012 15:44
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Well done, Heather.
It sure as hell will not get any easier but you are up for it.
I wish you all the very best.

27/06/2012 16:03
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I have just noticed that on every comment which is positive there is 1 person who dislikes those comments. I wonder if it is the same person. If so, what is your problem? What is wrong with people giving positive comments to what is hopefully an up and coming young British tennis player who can actually win a match. You are either a very sad person or you are the girl Heather just defeated or her next opponent. Which one is it?

 

27/06/2012 15:55
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Well done Heather. Good luck for the next round
27/06/2012 15:43
27/06/2012 14:05
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You played great keep it up and good luck
27/06/2012 14:03
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Good for her, hope the resulting media flood does not impact on her.
27/06/2012 14:18
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Callum, I find myself supporting Murray when I watch him but am always conscious of the contempt he has expressed for the English.

 I don't believe you are in a position to attack Brennan for stating the obvious, rather you should try to palliate what  has been very bad behaviour on the part of the Murrays and very good will shown by the English.

You need to take the high road and avoid the taint of inferiority. We all know Scotland is great; you need to know this too.

27/06/2012 14:06
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Very well done Heather. Keep up the pressure and the opposition at bay. Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27/06/2012 18:32
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well done heather...keep the good work up....A MESSAGE TO ALL PRESS,MEDIA AND MSN....NOW SHE, IN THE 3RD ROUND DON,T PUT PRESSURE ON HER SAYING....SHE,LL DO IT ,
27/06/2012 17:57
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Well done Heather,good luck in the next round.What on earth are the Murray haters doing on  an article about Heather Watson???.Get a life you miserable cretins!!
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well done heather but lets not get too excited, i give the girl credit she worked damn hard to secure her place but there are some formidable players still in it
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