Watson on the march
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.
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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.
It sure as hell will not get any easier but you are up for it.
I wish you all the very best.
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?
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.
Very well done Heather. Keep up the pressure and the opposition at bay. Good Luck!