LONDON: Great Britain Heather Watson reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam Tournament for the first time in 43 attempts in 12 years on Friday as they beat Slovenia Kaja Juvan 7-6(6), 6-2 in front of a barely believing crowd on Wimbledon Court one.
Watson, 30, slipped to 121st in the world and fourth in Great Britain and although she had notable success in doubles, she was never able to sustain a singles challenge at the highest level, her best performance at Wimbledon reaching third do three rounds.
She rode through an awkward first set full of slices and dropshots against 21-year-old Juvan and didn’t drop her lead after blowing three set points in the tie-break before taking it 8-6 on a double fault of the 60th. Slovenian.
Energized, Watson took a 5-0 lead in the second set, adding power and confidence to her groundstrokes, and although Juvan launched a late rally, Watson prevailed to cap a week to remember during which she was on the pitch five days in a row after her first two matches were played in the second days.