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.
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.
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.
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:
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 was knocked out of the French Open in the first round by Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele.
The British number two lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 at Roland Garros.
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.
Laura Robson has congratulated Heather Watson and Marina Erakovic after they were crowned Bank of the West Classic champions. Robson and Watson will play together as Team GB's womens doubles team in the Olympics.