WIMBLEDON WOMEN’S ROUND-UP: Britain’s Heather Watson and Katie Boulter advance to the second round
WIMBLEDON WOMEN’S ROUND-UP: Britain’s Heather Watson and Katie Boulter advance to round two, but Katie Swan and Sonay Kartal exit
- Heather Watson and Katie Boulter through to the second round of Wimbledon
- Watson was in tears after victory 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 against Tamara Korpatsch
- Boulter came through when she beat Clara Burel 7-5, 6-3 . managed to send
- However, there were defeats for Katie Swan and Sonay Kartal in SW19
Not wanting the weight of Wimbledon to fall solely on Emma Raducanu’s shoulders, Heather Watson and Katie Boulter happily advanced to the second round on Tuesday.
Watson knows what it’s like to be Britain’s best hope in the women’s draw and on the day when Katie Swan and Sonay Kartal left SW19, she turned the tide.
The 30-year-old defeated Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch at Court 1. Things then got even better for Great Britain when Boulter joined the duo and braved the low beam to sack Clara Burel 7-5, 6-3 at Court 18.
There was joy for Britain’s Heather Watson as she advanced to the second round of Wimbledon
Katie Boulter also advanced to the second round when she knocked out Clara Burel 7-5, 6-3
Watson was in tears after beating Korpatsch 6-7, 7-5, 6-2. By winning, she dispelled the demons of her horror show against Kristie Ahn on the same field last year, a defeat Watson called an “all-time low.”
“The past few years have been tough,” Watson says. “I’ve had my ups and downs, mostly downs, like so many people with the pandemic. But not only that, with my tennis as a whole.’
Watson’s match with Korpatsch started Monday, but was suspended one set apiece. Her tennis was much improved the next morning. “On Monday I was in a bind with my emotions,” explains Watson. “Today I just thought, ‘f*** it’. I just go out to play. If I win, I win. If I lose, I lose.’
There was frustration for Katie Swan, who succumbed 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 to Marta Kostyuk
Meanwhile, Sonny Kartal also went out, as she lost 4-6, 6-3, 1-6 to Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove
Swan was the first Briton to lose on the second day of Wimbledon, succumbing 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 to Marta Kostyuk, before Kartal lost 4-6, 6-3 and 1-6 to Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove .
Aside from the British, 2019 champion Simona Halep crushed Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-2 on Court 1.
It was Halep’s first appearance at SW19 since he took the title, but all expectations of a tough game were misplaced – the 16th seed won in 64 minutes.