Heather Watson reveals secrets behind handling the insane schedule at Wimbledon after reaching the third round for the first time since 2017… with the Brit now playing in a singles match for the FIFTH straight day of SW19
- It took Heather Watson just eight minutes to win her second round match today
- Her fight against Wang Qiang was suspended last night due to poor lighting
- The British No.3 claimed a 7-5 6-4 victory to set up a meeting with Kaja Juvan
- Watson has never advanced past the third round in a singles Grand Slam tournament
In a match cut in half by Love Island, four hours of sleep and a double dose of caffeine gel, Heather Watson won the third round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2017.
The 30-year-old Channel Islander led 7-5, 3-0 against China’s Qiang Wang late Wednesday night and all was right with the world. But as darkness enshrouded Court 18, she was unable to complete the match and the game was abandoned 7-5, 5-4 for the night.
When asked Thursday if she turned to her beloved Love Island for decompression, she replied: “I actually did it to unwind. I slept terribly last night because I had to take caffeine during my game to keep going when we play at 9pm at night.
It took Heather Watson just eight minutes to win her second-round match on Thursday afternoon
The British No. 3 defeated Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-4 after putting in most of the hard work yesterday
After all that, Watson came out yesterday afternoon – again with a dose of caffeine – and 14 points and eight minutes later she had broken Wang to win the match 7-5, 6-4.
She’s never reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam, but she has a puncher chance today against world No. 62 of Slovenia Kaja Juvan.
“I feel like as I get older, my highs aren’t as high, but my lows aren’t as low,” she said. “I’m more level-headed. In my first third lap I was on top of the world. But I think it’s better to be who I am now.’
The 30-year-old has been active in singles every day due to weather delays
Watson will play Kaja Juvan in round three to reach the fourth round for the first time
The beaming Watson could not have provided a greater contrast to the frustrated Harriet Dart as she conceded after a set, losing 4-6 6-3 6-1 to eight-seeded Jessica Pegula.
All British players are ‘home’ at the All England Club, but darts is part of the family. Her mother is a member here and in her support box the LTA tracksuits outnumbered the AELTC blazers.
This was Dart’s 12th game on grass this year and Pegula’s second so it felt like an upset was in store, at least after the home player took a 4-1 lead.
Harriet Dart looked frustrated when she was beaten by American No. 8 Jessica Pegula
But Pegula — daughter of the billionaire owner of the NFL franchise Buffalo Bills — found her groove. Dart became almost frantic as she rushed through her holds, banging at balls, her pocket and the turf in irritation.
“I missed so many balls, I played pretty average,” she said afterwards. “Of course I was frustrated.”
“At the end of the day, it’s about finding solutions. I didn’t find any today.’