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Heather Watson 

AT ONE STAGE I thought Miss Heather Watson was about to remove Will Genia from sporting front page news in the Papua New Guinea newspapers.

Playing the main draw at Flushing Meadows for the first time in her career, Miss Watson took one of the world’s best to three sets in the first round of the US Open.

Miss Maria Sharapov, the number three seed, dropped the first set in toughing out a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over teenager Miss Watson, who has a Papua New Guinean mother but now plays for Britain.

I imagine being on centre court in that huge New York stadium will boost her confidence no end. It was, all in all, a very courageous effort, especially the 63-minute second set.

Miss Watson, the US Open girls' champion two years ago, is just 19.


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Colin Huggins

Tonight: The biggest day so far for Miss Heather Watson.

She graces Centre Court as the second match, preceded by Novak Djokovic and followed by Roger Federer. Here is the update:

Friday, Third Round. Centre Court. [3] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL #3) vs. [WC] Heather Watson (GBR #103). Head-to-head: first meeting

The last time Britain had a woman in the fourth round at Wimbledon, Heather Watson was six years old and had yet to even pick up a tennis racquet.

On Friday, Watson looks to put an end to this barren run by defeating former quarterfinalist Agnieszka Radwanska on Centre Court. However, to do so she will require the performance of her fledgling career.

In the opening two rounds, the Brit's tidy groundstrokes and superb on-court athleticism have proved far too much for both Iveta Benesova and Jamie Hampton, but Radwanska will pose an altogether tougher test.

The Pole is currently ranked No.3 in the world after a memorable year, featuring 41 wins and three titles, and the disparity in experience at this level - she is appearing in the third round of a major for the 16th time - sees her start as clear favorite.

No matter the result, Heather will have done herself proud. It will be the challenge of her young life.

Fiona Hukula

Heather Watson has defeated Jamie Lee Hampton 6-1 6-4. The last time a British woman made it through to the third round of Wimbeldon was in 2002.

Colin Huggins

Peter and people of PNG.
Miss Heather Watson (ranked 103) has done you proud. She has advanced to Round 3. She has defeated Miss Jamie Lee Hampton (ranked 100) of the USA, 6/1, 6/4.
Well done, Miss Watson.

Colin Huggins

And further news on Miss Watson, who will represent the Great Britain (UK) in the doubles at this up-coming Olympics. Quite an achievement.

The Ladies doubles competitors:

Argentina: Dulko/Suárez
Australia: Gajdosova/Rodionova, Dellacqua/Stosur
Canada: Dubois/Wozniak (*)
China: Peng/Zheng, Li/Zhang
Chinese Taipei: Chuang/Hsieh (*)
Czech Republic: Hlavackova/Hradecka, Cetkovska/Safarova
France: Cornet/Mladenovic (*)
Georgia: Chakhnashvili/Tatishvili (*)
Germany: Kerber/Lisicki, Goerges/Petkovic
Great Britain: Robson/Watson (*)
Hungary: Babos/Szavay (*)
India: Chakravarthi/Mirza (*)
Italy: Errani/Vinci, Pennetta/Schiavone
Kazakhstan: Shvedova/Voskoboeva
Poland: Radwanska/Radwanska, Jans-Ignacik/Rosolska
Romania: Begu/Niculescu, Cirstea/Halep
Russia: Kirilenko/Petrova, Makarova/Vesnina
Slovakia: Cibulkova/Hantuchova
Slovenia: Klepac/Srebotnik
Spain: Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez, Medina Garrigues/Parra Santonja
Ukraine: Bondarenko/Bondarenko (*)
USA: Huber/Raymond, Williams/Williams

(*) ITF Place
(#) Tripartite Commission Invitation Place

I think Miss Watson has a very good show to advance to round 3 tonight. If so she will come up against the world #3 all things going to plan, Miss Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. That if it transpires will get Miss Watson onto Centre Court and pressure!

We didn't in 1969 work our guts out after working hours and weekends building that Lawn Tennis Club at Pindiu after all!

Peter Kranz

Heather Watson is through to round 2 at Wimbledon.

Great Britain's Heather Watson says she is not satisfied with her Wimbledon performance as she prepares to meet Jamie Lee Hampton in the second round.

Watson earned her maiden win at the All England Club with a straight-sets success over Iveta Benesova on Monday.

"I'm looking to go deep into the tournament and not settle for one win," said Watson, whose match is first on Court Two on Wednesday.

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