The latest UK & World sports news from the Press Association
Eggs-cellent Watson feeling on top
17:45, Jun 27 2012
Superstitious Heather Watson believes a breakfast of eggs and smoked salmon helped her end Britain's decade-long wait for a woman to reach the third round of Wimbledon.
Watson, ranked 103rd in the world, became the first Briton since Elena Baltacha in 2002 to make the last 32 when she put in a highly impressive performance to beat America's Jamie Hampton 6-1 6-4.
When asked about pre-match rituals, she said: "I've been having eggs and smoked salmon with toast on the side for breakfast every morning. And when I get my towel at the change of ends, I run up to pass my ball boy the towel. I have just had those two (superstitions)."
The 20-year-old from Guernsey outplayed her opponent in all departments, claiming the first set after just 27 minutes before seeing out a nervy second to record a memorable victory that brought the Court Two crowd to their feet.
Watson is making her third appearance in the full draw at Wimbledon and only won her first singles match at the tournament on Monday. She admitted enduring several sleepless nights preparing for the biggest week of her career.
She has been determined to deliver at Wimbledon following her disappointing experience here last year, when she collapsed to defeat in the first round against Mathilde Johansson.
The 20-year-old clinched the first set against the then world number 70 before suffering an elbow injury which ultimately cost her as she fizzled out. Watson burst into tears following that loss, but smiled brightly when asked about the difference between her feelings now compared to 12 months ago.
"Last year I was probably feeling right down, at the bottom, and now I'm feeling good, I'm right at the top," she said. "It was tough last year because I was winning the match and then I got injured early in the second set. It was horrible for me because it was my main tournament of the year, but it's turned out for the better this year."
Watson, who has reached the second round of the French Open for the last two years, showed signs of her potential when she blitzed in to a 5-0 first-set lead. The youngster was broken twice in the second set, but remained calm to serve out for the match in front of LTA chief executive Roger Draper and Fed Cup captain Judy Murray.
As for the statistic of being the first Briton to get through to round three in a decade, Watson said: "I was completely unaware. I don't really look or think about things like that. I just focus on myself and my next match."
Hammer Carroll targets trophies 08:45, Jun 20 2013
Andy Carroll sees no reason why he cannot help fire West Ham to some long-overdue silverware after the England striker signed in a club record deal for what could be eight seasons. more
Shearer: Toon mess makes me sick 08:45, Jun 20 2013
Alan Shearer believes the appointment of Joe Kinnear as Newcastle's director of football has turned the club into a laughing stock. more
Robson plays down swearing incident 08:45, Jun 20 2013
British number one Laura Robson will try not to swear on court again after being caught out by television microphones as she bowed out at Eastbourne. more
Italy book place in semis 07:45, Jun 20 2013
Italy booked their semi-final place as they snatched a barely-deserved victory from a pulsating game in Recife to dump Japan out of the Confederations Cup. more
Cook confident of final victory 06:45, Jun 20 2013
Alastair Cook is convinced that England can go on and win their first global one-day international trophy this weekend after they swatted aside South Africa side at the Kia Oval today. more
Corbisiero handed surprise start 06:45, Jun 20 2013
England prop Alex Corbisiero was the surprise inclusion in the British and Irish Lions team named for Saturday's opening Test against Australia. more
Neymar inspires Brazil win 22:45, Jun 19 2013
Neymar all but fired Brazil to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup as they beat Mexico 2-0 in the Group A clash at Estadio Castelao. more
O'Connor to start for Australia 22:45, Jun 19 2013
Australia have picked James O'Connor at fly-half for Saturday's opening Test against the British and Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium with Kurtley Beale included on the bench. more
Howley: Best to come from North 22:45, Jun 19 2013
Rob Howley has declared that the British and Irish Lions have yet to see the best of George North after the Wales wing was passed fit for Saturday's first Test against Australia. more
Injured Woods told to rest 20:45, Jun 19 2013
Tiger Woods will not defend his AT&T National title at Congressional due to an elbow strain and is not expected to play again before The Open next month. more
Hearts enter administration 17:45, Jun 19 2013
Hearts have been officially placed in administration after accountancy firm BDO confirmed it had appointed three people to oversee their financial affairs. more
Carroll hoping to impress Hodgson 17:45, Jun 19 2013
Andy Carroll hopes his club record move to West Ham will help him cement a place in the England squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. more