Wimbledon: Heather Watson matches best run by thrashing 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova

Posted July 07, 2017

The opening set saw Watson produce arguably her best tennis all year as she dismantled Sevastova, registering three successive breaks to wrap up a bagel set in just 19 minutes.

After knocking out Russian 15th seed Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-3, Azarenka, 27, said: 'She [Watson] played really well last week in Eastbourne and looks comfortable coming into the match'.

Watson combined some excellent movement on the grass with some heavy hitting and outclassed her Latvian opponent to reach the third round for a third time.

Watson had a mid-season surge as she managed to reach the semifinals at the Aegon International, a Premier event, defeating many quality players to do so.

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While Watson stopped short of empathising too much with Bernard Tomic after his claim that he was bored during his first-round match, she has experienced her own struggles with motivation. It's always going to change.

Shades ahead, then, of that teatime in 2015 when the nation craned and then groaned to see the then 23-year-old from Guernsey go within two points of shocking Serena Williams on Centre Court. Nevertheless, Watson has good memories from that memorable match as she mentioned in her press conference, "The thing I remember most is just the support and the crowd during that match". She's a great player and I had to expect she'd raise her level and try something knew.

Watson, who has had a hard 12 months, dropping outside the top 100, made the semi-finals in Eastbourne and is hoping her good form continues.

"It's been one of my goals forever", she said. I know she has only just come back, but I expect her to be playing really well because I know she will have put in the hours and the work.