Watson soars as Wimbledon swelters

Watson lost only eight points in the first set over 19 minutes in her match in London today

Heather Watson suffered heartbreak against a leading player for the second time in three Wimbledons as mum proved to be the word in her third-round encounter against Victoria Azarenka at The Championships.

The 25-year-old Romanian, who could capture the No.1 spot if she reaches the semi-finals at Wimbledon, wore down her 31-year-old opponent with heavy groundstrokes from the baseline, clipping the lines with her penetrating forehands. I'm enjoying it, which is the most important part.

This is exactly what Victoria Azarenka moved up her comeback by a full two months for: the chance to square off with one of the hottest players in tennis on the biggest stage.

"I really stepped up in the key moments", she said.

"But it makes me want to work hard, as well. I was getting goosebumps after every point". I don't think my level dropped, and I don't think it will drop.

"I'm really happy", she said. It looks like she feels comfortable coming into this match. It's tougher. It's very different. "For me the highs are really high". - Reuters picLONDON, July 7 ― Britain's Heather Watson has never reached the second week of a grand slam and few gave her much hope at this year's Wimbledon after she needed a wild card to get into the main draw.

She did not put a foot wrong in a first set that lasted only 19 minutes, not making a single unforced error.

Two-times champion Kvitova, who was playing only her third event this year after recovering from a knife attack at her home, did not look at her best as she struggled against Brengle.

Watson trailed by a break at 3-1 and then 4-3 but a break to love of the Sevastova serve in the eighth game proved the crucial blow to the Latvian's resolve. I just feel that it's sometimes an unfair comment, because we see a lot of players - I'm not going to name who - having conversations with their boxes. It's always going to change.

Competing in her first Grand Slam since taking a year off to have her first child in December, Azarenka is bidding to become the first mother to win Wimbledon in 37 years.

The Brit held serve in the fourth game - after saving break point - but Azarenka's momentum would not be denied, as she edged the last three games to knot the match at one set apiece.

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