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Monday, June 29, 2009

Lera advances to the second round at Wimbledon

Young Briton Heather Watson crashed out of the first round of the girls singles 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 against Russia's Valeria Solovieva on Court 19 today, prompting her to smash her racquet on the court.

So angry was Watson that she threw racquest so hard that it bounced all the way from the baseline to the umpire's chair.

The 17-year-old 12th seed from the Channel Islands saw Solovieva take an early lead but bounced back strongly to dominate the second set by taking the ball early and moving the Russian around the court.

Watson had a break point in the sixth game but let it slip and then saw her opponent resort to high balls to stay in the rallies.

This tactic was enough to unsettle the Briton, who wasted a golden opportunity to progress.

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