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Heather Watson into mixed doubles final with Finnish partner

Heather Watson celebrates with her partner Henri Kontinen. Credit: PA

Heather Watson became Britain's latest Wimbledon finalist alongside Finn Henri Kontinen in the mixed doubles.

The pair, who had never played a match together prior to this tournament, defeated Oliver Marach of Austria and Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 in the semi-finals on Court One.

Watson will now hope to make it a British double when she and Kontinen follow Andy Murray onto Centre Court on Sunday to take on Colombia's Robert Farah and Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany.


Heather Watson out to Serena Williams at Wimbledon

Heather Watson out to Serena Williams in Wimbledon. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

British number one Heather Watson has been knocked out of Wimbledon by Serena Williams, despite a battling performance which almost saw the underdog take a thrilling final set.

Watson lost 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 after a remarkable comeback and led in the final set 3-0 before being pegged back. Speaking following the game, Williams - the tournament's top seed - praised her opponent and said Watson "should have won".

"She really gave her all and showed how good she is," she told BBC Sport.

Brit Watson takes second set against Serena Williams

Heather Watson is putting in a battling performance Credit: Jonathan Brady / PA Wire

British number one Heather Watson has taken Serena Williams in the third set of their third-round clash at Wimbledon this evening.

Watson, making only her second-ever appearance in Round 3, broke Williams' serve twice, to win the set 6-4, after losing the first by six games to two.

Watson progresses to quarters in Hobart

Heather Watson won in straight sets. Credit: PA

Heather Watson's preparation for the Australian Open remained on track as she beat Sloane Stephens to reach the quarter-finals of the Hobart International.

The 22-year-old world number 49 needed a little over an hour to dispatch American Stephens 6-3 6-1 and the Briton will next play Roberta Vinci. The Italian two-time US Open quarter-finalist fought back to beat Annika Beck of Germany 3-6 6-3 6-3.


Watson: 'My game isn't back yet' after Wimbledon loss

British number two Heather Watson has said that recent illness held her back after she was knocked out of Wimbledon by American Madison Keys.

Watson, who suffered from glandular fever earlier this year, said:

I feel like my game isn't back yet.

I don't think I served well today. I didn't have a high first-serve percentage.

My reactions are slow. I'm not moving like I usually move, getting balls back.

I don't feel like my game's there yet, so that will come back with time.

I knew going in it was going to be a tough one - and it was.

– Heather Watson

Heather Watson crashes out of Wimbledon

Great Britain's Heather Watson in action against USA's Madison Keys during day two of the Wimbledon Championships Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

British number two Heather Watson has crashed out of Wimbledon after losing to American Madison Keys.

The 18-year-old rising star beat the British hopeful 6-3, 7-5 to reach the second round of the tournament.

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