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Heather Watson Gives Britain Early Wimbledon Success

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Heather Watson celebrates her Wimbledon victory
Heather Watson celebrates her Wimbledon victory

Promising British youngster Heather Watson praised the "amazing" crowd as she celebrated her first ever Wimbledon win on Monday.

The 20-year-old from Guernsey had to wait until the evening to see where her match would be played, giving her little time to prepare.

But the talented Watson looked assured as she triumphed 6-2 6-1 in front of the roaring Centre Court crowd.

She said: "I'm so pleased to have got through that. It was tough not knowing when I was going to be on but it worked out pretty well for me.

"This is my first singles win at Wimbledon, including juniors, so I'm so pleased. The crowd was amazing."

Watson, the British number three, has played twice in the main draw at Wimbledon before, both times losing close encounters.

But she is full of confidence and hopes are high after reaching the second round of the French Open and showing good form on grass.

She has added extra weight to her groundstrokes and her serve and she wasted little time making headway on Czech world number 55 Iveta Benesova, before completing a comfortable straight sets victory.

It was the same scoreline by which Benesova lost to another British player, Tara Moore, at the AEGON Classic in Birmingham two weeks ago and represented a landmark win for Watson, who faces America's Jamie Hampton next.