WIMBLEDON WOMEN'S ROUND-UP: Watson and Boulter make it through

WIMBLEDON WOMEN’S ROUND-UP: Britain’s Heather Watson and Katie Boulter advance to the second round but Katie Swan and Sonay Kartal go out

  • Heather Watson and Katie Boulter progressed to Wimbledon’s second round 
  • Watson was in tears after winning 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 against Tamara Korpatsch 
  • Boulter made it through as she managed to dispatch Clara Burel 7-5, 6-3  
  • 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 mercifully advanced to the second round on Tuesday.

Watson knows what it is like being Britain’s best hope in the women’s draw and, on a day when Katie Swan and Sonay Kartal exited SW19, she turned the tide. 

The 30-year-old overcame Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch on Court 1. It then got even better for Britain as Boulter joined the duo, defying the dimming light to dismiss Clara Burel 7-5, 6-3 on Court 18.

There was joy for Britain’s Heather Watson as she got through to Wimbledon’s second round

Katie Boulter also progressed to the second round as she dismissed Clara Burel 7-5, 6-3

Watson was in tears after beating Korpatsch 6-7, 7-5, 6-2. By winning, she exorcised the demons of her horror show against Kristie Ahn on the same court last year, a defeat Watson called an ‘all-time low’.

‘The last few years have been tough,’ said Watson. ‘I’ve had my ups and downs, mostly downs, as so many people have with the pandemic. But not just that, with my tennis as a whole.’ 

Watson’s match with Korpatsch started on Monday but was suspended at one set apiece. Her tennis was much improved the following morning. ‘On Monday, I was caught up in my emotions,’ Watson explained. ‘Today I just thought, ‘f*** it’. I’m just going to go out and 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 Brit to lose on Wimbledon’s second day, succumbing 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 to Marta Kostyuk, before Kartal lost 4-6, 6-3, 1-6 to Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove.

Aside from the Brits, 2019 champion Simona Halep crushed Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-2 on Court 1. 

It was Halep’s first appearance at SW19 since taking the title but any expectations of a tough match were misplaced — the 16th seed won in 64 minutes.

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