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Watson makes it into round three

Heather Watson continued her impressive progress at Wimbledon, making it into the third round after a confident straight sets win over American Jamie Lee Hampton.

Watson started much more powerfully than the American, winning the first five games. In the second set Hampton began to fight back, but Watson held her nerve impressively to close out the match.

It was the first time a British player had reached the third round of the women’s draw in a decade, which says as much about the woeful state of women’s tennis in Britain as it does about Watson’s achievement.

Watson was visibly lifted by the vocal support of a Wimbledon crowd with the novelty of a British victory to cheer. "I just love when the crowd is so loud at the end," she said. "It's an amazing feeling. That's why I play tennis for those moments. I love it when the crowd bring a lot of energy and they clap. It gets me quite pumped and really motivated to win."

She connected her success with a few superstitions that have accrued during Wimbledon. "I've been having eggs and smoked salmon for breakfast every morning," she said. "When I get my towel at the change of ends, I run up to pass my ball-boy the towel. Just those two."

She said she would love to "just keep winning" although she faces a tougher obstacle in the fourth round. Watson will play number 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland or Russia's Elena Vesnina, the player she beat in Paris.

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