Heather Watson has admitted she could do with a few extra
hours in bed as her winning streak at Wimbledon has caused her to
suffer sleepless nights.
The sports star has become the first British woman to reach the
third round of the tennis tournament in ten years.
Watson, who is from Guernsey, beat American contender Jamie Lee
Hampton 6-1, 6-4.
"She made it hard for me and wasn't giving me anything. I always
knew I could play well, get far in these tournaments, but it's
different playing like that in practice than bringing it on to the
match court at big occasions," the player said.
On day one of the championships, the 20-year-old defeated Czech
player Ivesta Benesova 6-2 6-1.
"I couldn't sleep after the first round and last night wasn't
great either. This whole week I have been sleeping pretty bad but
if I keep playing like this, I don't really mind," Watson
Her next game is against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, who is
currently ranked third in the world.
If Watson wins against Radwanska, she will become the first
British girl to reach the last 16 since Sam Smith, who achieved
this feat in 1998.
She explained that she is quite superstitious so has been taking
part in a few pre- and mid-match rituals.
"I have been having eggs and smoked salmon for breakfast every
morning. Also, when I get my towel when we change ends I make sure
I run up to pass my ball boy the towel," the British hopeful
While Watson is currently ranked 110th in the world in women's
tennis, Scottish player Andy Murray is much closer to the top at
fourth in the men's rankings.
Standing between him and the top spot are Roger Federer, Rafael
Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes