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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


Laura Robson congratulates Watson

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.

Heather Watson claims first WTA Tour title

Heather Waston impressed on the grass courts of Wimbledon.
Heather Waston impressed on the grass courts of Wimbledon. Credit: PA

Heather Watson's Olympic preparations took another boost last night as the 20 year-old claimed her first WTA Tour doubles title.

The British number 1 and partner Marina Erakovic beat top seeds Vania King and Jarmila Gajdosova in straight sets in the final of the Bank of the West Classic.

Watson and her partner from New Zealand had already beaten the second and third seeds on their way to the final, where they came out 7-5 7-6 (9/7) winners against players ranked seventh and 37th in the world.

She will now turn her attention to the Mercury Insurance Open in California next week, before being partnered by Laura Robson as one half of Team GB's Olympic womens tennis doubles team.


Olympic torch beat's Kate's wedding dress to design award

Olympic torch
Lord Coe holding aloft the London 2012 Olympic torch Credit: Reuters

The London 2012 Olympic Torch has been crowned with a major design award - while the Duchess Of Cambridge's wedding dress lost out.

The aluminium torch, the creation of east London duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, has been named Design Of The Year.

It has been hailed by prize organisers, the Design Museum, as a "beautiful symbol of the Olympic Games" which "also meets a demanding design brief".The Duchess's dress, designed by Sarah Burton, was up for the fashion category which was won by Issey Miyake for the 132.5 collection.

Duchess' wedding dress
The Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day in 2011 Credit: Reuters


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