Heather Watson reveals she ‘couldn’t stop crying’ during the night after her first-round singles defeat… but British No 2 finds redemption in doubles win alongside Harriet Dart
- British duo Heather Watson and Harriet Dart beat Kaia Kanepi and Zhang Shuai
- Win was the highlight of an otherwise poor day for the home doubles contingent
- For Watson it was a cathartic experience after her three-hour loss to Kristie Ahn
- Dart also lost in the first round of the women’s singles to 13th seed Elise Mertens
Heather Watson found some redemption with a win in the women’s doubles on Thursday before revealing she was reduced to tears by her devastating first-round loss in the singles.
The British No 2 teamed up with Harriet Dart, who also lost in the first round of the singles, to record an impressive 6-3, 6-2 victory against experienced pair Kaia Kanepi and Zhang Shuai.
For Watson it was a cathartic experience after her three-hour loss to Kristie Ahn on Monday.
Heather Watson revealed she was reduced to tears by her devastating first-round loss in the singles
She found some redemption by teaming up with Harriet Dart to win in the women’s doubles
Watson said: ‘That was one of the hardest defeats I’ve had to take, maybe ever, especially because it was here at home and I had a match point. I was really upset, I was having flashbacks during practice with Harriet.
‘I’m glad we were in the doubles and won a match like that. I enjoyed it and I’m happy to get a win at Wimbledon this year.
‘That night after the match I couldn’t stop crying. I didn’t sleep until about 5am but that’s life, full of ups and downs. You’ve got to let it make you stronger.’
Watson and Dart’s victory was the highlight of an otherwise poor day for the home doubles contingent, with 16 British players going out.
For Watson it was a cathartic experience after her three-hour loss to Kristie Ahn on Monday
There was a fine win at least for Lloyd Glasspool and his Finnish partner Harri Heliovaara against Dutch 10th seeds Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer, while there were also victories in two all-British ties for Luke Bambridge and Dom Inglot — against Stuart Parker and James Ward — and for brothers Ken and Neal Skupski, who beat Liam Broady and Ryan Peniston.
These are exciting times for Neal Skupski, who is heading to his first Olympic games this month, where he will team up with Dan Evans.
The Skupski brothers play fourth seeds Marcelo Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the second round. Jamie Murray, who is nursing a neck injury, and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares begin their campaign today against Nicholas Monroe and Vasek Pospisil.
Watson and Dart’s victory was the highlight of an otherwise poor day for the home doubles contingent
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