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Round-up: Heather Watson through as Laura Robson, Eugenie Bouchard eliminated

Round-up: Heather Watson through as Laura Robson, Eugenie Bouchard eliminated

30/06/2015 at 19:59Updated 30/06/2015 at 22:46

Heather Watson saved three match points as she beat Caroline Garcia 1-6 6-3 8-6 to move into the second round.

Watson’s match was brought to a halt at 1-6 6-3 on Monday due to bad light, and the 23-year-old had to fend off three match points at 5-4 in the decider before breaking her opponent's serve.

However, she could not see it out as her French opponent immediately broke back but Watson replied in kind and held on to take the third set 8-6.

Laura Robson, who was given a wildcard at Wimbledon after 18 injury-ravaged months, fell to Russian player Evgeniya Rodina 6-4 6-4.

Britain's Laura Robson returns to Russia's Evgeniya Rodina during their women's singles first round match on day two of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2015

Britain's Laura Robson returns to Russia's Evgeniya Rodina during their women's singles first round match on day two of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2015AFP

Her showing was a marked improvement on Eastbourne but her 101st-ranked opponent Rodina's extra sharpness saw her through to round two.

"Compared to the match I played last week, this was infinitely better," she said. "I was the one hitting winners but I was also the one hitting unforced errors as well.

"We're going to be patient and we're going to train for another couple of weeks then play some smaller tournaments.

"I'm pretty confident that I have the ability to get back to where I was before, if not higher.

"It's going to be a long process to get there but I'm very excited that I have another chance to do it."

Simona Halep lost her chance to go on a court she likened to "a very nice hotel" after she checked out of Wimbledon early on Tuesday following a shock 5-7 6-4 6-3 defeat by 106th-ranked Slovakian Jana Cepelova.

Simona Halep - Wimbledon

Simona Halep - WimbledonReuters

The result completed a miserable month for 2014 French Open runner-up Halep who was knocked out in the second round at Roland Garros.

The 23-year-old will be eager to forget about her Court One ordeal as not only was she broken eight times, she also lost to a woman who had previously won only one tour level match all year.

That defeat meant Halep will not have the luxury of experiencing the comforts of playing on Wimbledon's Centre Court.

"You go on court, it's like you go into a very nice hotel. It's like they have carpet on the floor and the door is really nice. It's wood and it's really nice," Halep said just three days ago.

"They have a message up on the door. That made me, like, stronger and more motivated to go on court and to feel good."

Unfortunately for Halep, Court One's entrance is devoid of any inspirational message from Rudyard Kipling and the Romanian was left to dwell on what might have been

Eugenie Bouchard's fall from grace continued with a first-round defeat by China's Duan Yingying as her hopes of repeating last year's run to the final evaporated.

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard reacts against China's Ying-Ying Duan during thier women's singles first round match on day two of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2015

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard reacts against China's Ying-Ying Duan during thier women's singles first round match on day two of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2015AFP

Bouchard let slip a 2-0 lead in the opening set and after clawing back a 3-0 deficit in the first-set tiebreaker she capitulated with some unforced errors.

World No 117 Duan stayed cool when she served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, the Wimbledon debutant forcing Bouchard into a forehand error to seal victory.

Results

2-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 6-1 6-0

5-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Zheng Saisai (China) 7-5 6-0

8-Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) beat Sachia Vickery (U.S.) 6-2 6-4

10-Angelique Kerber (Germany) beat Carina Witthoeft (Germany) 6-0 6-0

Duan Yingying (China) beat 12-Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) 7-6(3) 6-4

13-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-2

15-Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) beat Julia Goerges (Germany) 6-2 7-5

17-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Misaki Doi (Japan) 3-6 6-3 6-2

18-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) beat Jarmila Gajdosova (Australia) 7-5 6-4

20-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) 6-4 6-1

25-Alize Cornet (France) beat Ana Konjuh (Croatia) 6-2 6-2

26-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) beat Laura Siegemund (Germany) 6-3 6-4

28-Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) beat Elena Vesnina (Russia) 6-4 3-6 10-8

31-Camila Giorgi (Italy) beat Teliana Pereira (Brazil) 7-6(4) 6-3

Heather Watson (Britain) beat 32-Caroline Garcia (France) 1-6 6-3 8-6

Lara Arruabarrena Vecino (Spain) beat Pauline Parmentier (France) 6-4 6-2

Silvia Soler Espinosa (Spain) beat Sesil Karatantcheva (Bulgaria) 2-6 6-2 7-5

Denisa Allertova (Czech Republic) beat Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic) 6-2 4-6 6-3

Christina McHale (U.S.) beat Johanna Larsson (Sweden) 6-3 6-2

Olga Govortsova (Belarus) beat Andreea Mitu (Romania) 6-1 6-1

Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) beat 3-Simona Halep (Romania) 5-7 6-4 6-3

Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Tereza Smitkova (Czech Republic) 3-6 7-5 7-5

Monica Niculescu (Romania) beat Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) 5-7 6-3 6-1

Ajla Tomljanovic (Croatia) beat Klara Koukalova (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-4

Evgeniya Rodina (Russia) beat Laura Robson (Britain) 6-4 6-4

Kurumi Nara (Japan) beat Magda Linette (Poland) 3-6 6-3 4-3 (Linette retired)

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) beat Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) 7-5 6-7(5) 7-5

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) beat Mona Barthel (Germany) 6-7(3) 7-6(4) 6-2

Casey Dellacqua (Australia) beat Tamira Paszek (Austria) 6-2 6-2

Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) beat Karin Knapp (Italy) Tatjana Maria (Germany) beat Bojana Jovanovski (Serbia) 7-6(2) 7-5

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