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.
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 for a memorable victory that brought the Court Two crowd to their feet.
The young Briton beamed with delight after her win and revealed she has adopted two superstitions at Wimbledon 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].”
There were shocks elsewhere as fifth seed Samantha Stosur was defeated by Holland’s Arantxa Rus 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, while Caroline Wozniacki wasted two match points in the second set before losing 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to Tamira Paszek of Austria in the first round in a match that lasted more than three hours.