Now Heather's got the appetite for success
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 destroy America's Jamie Hampton 6-1, 6-4.
The 20-year-old, from Guernsey, outgunned 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 night.
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The young Briton beamed with delight after her win and revealed afterwards she has adopted two superstitions that have worked well so far.
"I've been having eggs and smoked salmon with toast on the side for breakfast every morning," she said when asked whether she had any pre-match rituals.
"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)."
Watson endured several sleepless nights as she prepared 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 yesterday she 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's win is another shot in the arm for the Lawn Tennis Association, who have had to endure criticism for over the level of talent in the women's game.
Watson, who has reached the second round of the French Open for the last two years, showed signs of her potential yesterday when she blitzed into 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 soon as that last point was over it was like an explosion of happiness," said Watson. "It was a relief for me. All the tension was gone. I just loved it when the crowd was so loud at the end. It was an amazing feeling. That's why I play tennis, for those moments."
Fifth seed Samantha Stosur, from Australia, was a major casualty in the second round at Wimbledon when she was defeated 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 by Holland's Arantxa Rus.
Caroline Wozniacki, the seventh seed and former world number one, was also knocked out, beaten 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 by Austria's Tamira Paszek.
Roger Federer put on a show fit for royalty as he raced into the third round of Wimbledon with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Italy's Fabio Fognini.
The pair bowed to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in the Royal Box as they arrived on court, but from there Federer hogged the limelight.