WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Heather Watson has been through a lot at Wimbledon, and now she's made it through the third round for the first time.
The 121st-ranked Watson, making her 12th appearance at the All England Club, advanced to the fourth round on Friday by beating Kaja Juvan 7-6 (6), 6-2.
"I know I'm not speechless because I'm blabbing on, but I don't know what to say," the 30-year-old Watson said on No. 1 Court. "Playing here at home in front of all you guys, the atmosphere is everything. So, please can all of you come back for my fourth round?"
The pressure on British players at their home Grand Slam can be immense. Watson and every other British player know that well.
Before Andy Murray won the men's title, the talk among the locals would endlessly focus on Fred Perry and Virginia Wade, the last British singles champions at the All England Club.