Winning Watson to target aggression

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Published: Tuesday 30th June 2015 by The News Editor

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A “pumped up” Heather Watson will target “controlled aggression” to equal her best-ever Wimbledon showing and set up a potential third-round clash with Serena Williams.

British number one Watson saved three match points to defeat Caroline Garcia in a truncated first-round tie that had been suspended for bad light on Monday night.

The 23-year-old prevailed 1-6 6-3 8-6 to set up a second-round clash with Daniela Hantuchova, then revealed she psyched herself up for Tuesday’s resumption of play with an intensive workout session.

“I always listen to music before I go on, upbeat, fast, dancy stuff but I did a lot more than usual before we went back out,” said Watson.

“I warmed up for a good half-hour non-stop, quick stuff, lots of sprints just to make sure I was ready.

“I was so flat on Monday, I needed to be pumped up and fired up because I’d started the match so flat before.

“Today it was one set and that was it so I had to make sure I had a good start, so that’s why I came onto the court already sweating, very motivated.”

Desperately clutching for form in a dismal first set on Monday, Watson vented frustrations by vigorously slapping her thigh in a bid to galvanise herself into the contest.

The Guernsey native admitted she does not even notice the lengths to which she will stretch when chasing full focus on court.

“Hopefully it’s controlled aggression,” said Watson. ” It doesn’t feel so good after the match.

“I don’t even feel it when I do it. There’s always a bit of a red mark after.

“It’s the heat of the moment. I don’t even know what I’m doing until after it’s done, I don’t even realise I’ve done it.”

Watson’s turnaround exploits followed the day after Liam Broady pulled back from the brink at two sets down to see off Marinko Matosevic in a five-set thriller.

The world number 64 might have put her reversal of fortunes down to mental edge, but was still left relieved to have fought through.

“I’m not sure why I started the match so flat on Monday, I felt good before the match,” said Watson. ” But these things happen.

“At the beginning of the match I was finding it quite hard to see with the light, as well.

“I’m just glad I was able to get in in that second set, otherwise it could have been over before it even started.”

Not content with grinding her way back into the contest on Monday, Watson then faced down three match points for Garcia in Tuesday’s finale.

The former world number 27 revealed when it came to the absolute final crunch she was able to jettison all nerves and concerns.

“I only thought for a second that it maybe wasn’t meant to be this time,” said Watson of fending off those three match points.

“But I said to myself ‘no matter what, if she wants this match, she’s going to have to win it, I’m not going to give it to her’.

“I just stuck in there, before I knew it, it was now my turn to close the match.

“I’m just pleased that I was able to correct my mistakes the second time, serving out the match.

“I made sure I made a few more first serves; I think that made the difference.”

Published: Tuesday 30th June 2015 by The News Editor

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