Heather Watson reaches last 16 of Wimbledon for first time in her career

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Heather Watson has reached the last 16 of Wimbledon for the first time in her career.

The British number four won 7-6, 6-2 against Slovenia's Kaja Juvan on Court One, taking the 30-year-old into the fourth round of the women's singles.

Following her landmark victory, Watson said: "Wow what an atmosphere.

"Firstly, it wouldn't be me if there wasn't a bit of drama at the end."

Watson said she was "so happy" reaching round four of Wimbledon, adding that the crowd helped get her over the line at the end.

When asked how she felt about other British players competing in the tournament and how they support each other, Watson said "it really helps" and is "inspiring", adding that they are all "egging each other on".

Watson blasted to a 5-0 lead in the second set, adding power and confidence to her groundstrokes, but Juvan starting swinging freely and, in combination with Watson tightening up, clawed back to 5-2.

While there was a Watson-esque wobble at the end which she admitted, she got over the line with her first match point after five deuces, before collapsing to the turf in delight.

Watson has slipped to 121st in the world rankings and this year marks her 12th Wimbledon.

It is the first time she has reached the last 16 of any Grand Slam tournament in 43 attempts.

The closest she had previously come to the fourth round at SW19 was in 2015, when she served for the match against Serena Williams but lost 7-5 in the third set.

She will now face Germany's Jule Niemeier, the world number 97, for a place in the quarter-finals.

Her victory comes after wins against Germany's Tamara Korpatsch in round one and then China's Wang Qiang.

Watson came in to the latest match on the back of playing on all four previous days, complaining about a lack of sleep as both her matches over-ran into second days.

On Saturday, Britain's Katie Boulter takes on France's Harmony Tan in round three of the women's singles, while Liam Broady faces Australian Alex De Minaur, who knocked out another Briton Jack Draper.

Earlier this week, two of Britain's biggest tennis stars Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu were knocked out of the tournament in the second round.

Two-time champion Murray lost in four sets to America's John Isner, while US Open champion Raducanu was defeated by France's Caroline Garcia who won in straight sets.