Published: 17:20 | 5/7/17

Watson through to Wimbledon third round


Britain's Heather Watson beat 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-0 6-4 to progress to the third round at Wimbledon.

The 25-year-old, who slipped out of the world's top 100 earlier this year and also failed to qualify for the French Open, dropped just eight points in the opening set against the Latvian.

Watson dropped her serve in the third game of the second set after serving three double faults, but recovered her poise to set up a third-round meeting with Victoria Azarenka, the former world number one who is competing in her first Gland Slam since giving birth to her son Leo in December.

The 27-year-old Belarusian, now ranked 683rd in the world, beat 15th seed and 2016 semi-finalist Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-3 6-3.

"I felt very good at the beginning of match, very on it and relaxed, more than I was in my first match," Watson told BBC Sport.

"I obviously know how she plays, she is a great player and was expecting and was prepared for the best.

"She started to step up in the second set but I was able to keep my cool and just stick with her. I had to expect that she would raise her level after the first set and I just had to remain calm and adjust my game.

"I feel like I’m seeing the ball very big and am moving well."

British No 1 Jo Konta is through to the third round of Wimbledon for the first time in her career, after a hard-fought 7-6 4-6 10-8 win over Donna Vekic of Croatia, in a match that took three hours and 10 minutes to complete.

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