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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.


Heather Watson wins Japan Open

Britain's Heather Watson has beaten Chang Kai-Chen (Taiwan) 7-5 5-7 7-6(4) in the Japan Open Women's Singles Final.

Heather became the first Briton to win a WTA Tour singles title in 24 years by winning a marathon match.

She beat Kai-chen of Chinese Taipei in the final of the HP Open in Osaka.

The 20-year-old from Guernsey looked to have thrown her way her chance of victory.

Having served for the match at 5-3 in the second set, she fell a break down and faced match point in the decider.

But she broke back before finally clinching a win in three hours 11 minutes.

Watson has followed in the footsteps of Sara Gomer, the last British winner of a singles title on the WTA Tour in California in 1988.

Watson elated after maiden WTA Tour win

This is my first WTA title so I'm really happy right now. It's such a nice feeling getting to the end of the week and being the last ones here. We knew it wasn't going to be an easy match today - they're both great players and we knew we would really have to win it, they weren't going to give it to us.

– Heather Watson - British womens number 1 tennis player
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