1
1
1

Kerber Downs Gutsy Watson

Angelique Kerber ended British hopes at this year's Wimbledon, overcoming a valiant rearguard effort from Heather Watson to reach the third round.

Published June 26, 2014 12:13

Kerber Downs Gutsy Watson
Angelique Kerber

LONDON, England - Angelique Kerber overcame a spirited comeback from Heather Watson to reach the third round of Wimbledon.

The Plot
Although she made the final last week in Eastbourne and is a former semifinalist at the All-England Club, Kerber went into the tournament somewhat under the radar. A second round meeting with Watson, the last Briton standing in the singles draw, changed that as the No.9 seed got an early outing under the Centre Court spotlight.

The Turning Point
After a nervous start, Kerber settled into her usual metronomic rhythm from the baseline, drawing the errors from Watson to take a one-sided opening set.

However, any thoughts that Watson would just roll over were quickly dispelled. Despite twice falling a break behind, the Briton continued to go for her shots and was rewarded as she hit back to take a 56-minute second set.

Unfortunately for Watson, and the majority of the Centre Court crowd, these exploits took their toll. Sensing her opportunity, Kerber pounced, pinning a mentally winded Watson to the baseline and surging into a 3-0 lead. Watson continued to fight, pulling one of the breaks back, but she was unable to turn the tide, eventually going down, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.

Quotes
"I think it was a really tough match," Kerber said. "She played well. She hits the balls very fast, and deep. She's a very tough opponent, so you need to beat her. I actually expected a match like that. Heather is a great player. She's playing at home here. She had a great results in the last few weeks.

"I was trying to stay in the moment and try to be aggressive at the end. So I'm happy that I won the tough battle against her."

What's Next
Meeting Kerber for a place in the last 16 will be Kirsten Flipkens. The only previous meeting between the two came eight years ago at an ITF Circuit event in Glasgow, where Kerber prevailed in straight sets.

Share this page!

Related news

  • Radwanska Vs Tsurenko In Istanbul

    July 25, 2015
    There's a lot on the line at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup on Sunday - Urszula Radwanska and Lesia Tsurenko will both be going for the first WTA title of their career.
  • Vote: June's Player Of The Month

    July 14, 2015
    Cast your vote now for June's WTA Player of the Month - Belinda Bencic, Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams or Garbiñe Muguruza?
  • Watson: Always InBeta

    July 09, 2015
    WTA Rising Star Heather Watson is starring in a series of adverts for New Balance's new brand platform, Always in Beta.
To The Top
3