Watson: I can beat Serena

Published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 by The News Editor

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Heather Watson is adamant she can pull off the biggest shock at Wimbledon so far by defeating Serena Williams in the third round on Friday.

Williams is gunning for her 21st grand slam title and the world number one is on course to win all four major tournaments in a calendar year after securing the Australian and French Open crowns earlier this season.

Watson, who is ranked 59th in the world, has never reached round four at the All England Club before but the 23-year-old is in no doubt she can topple the all-conquering American.

“Do I believe I can beat her? Absolutely,” Watson said.

“There’s no point even going out there if you don’t believe you can win, because then there is no way I could possibly win anyway.

“I have to believe I can win from the first moment, from now. I’ll have to be very aggressive and push myself out of my comfort zone against her.”

Watson has never played Williams in a competitive match before, but after an inconsistent year she will take confidence from impressive opening wins against France’s Caroline Garcia and experienced Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova.

Friday’s clash with Williams will be last on Centre Court and the Briton intends to use the home crowd to maximum advantage.

She said: “I’ll do my homework tonight, I haven’t done any yet.

“It will be really good for me to have the home crowd behind me. It will help me.

“I don’t think people like being cheered against so I’ll use that to my advantage.”

Published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 by The News Editor

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