Wimbledon: Heather Watson wins in doubles with Harriet Dart

Heather Watson
Heather Watson has reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam in the singles for the first time this week
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Heather Watson’s winning Wimbledon week continued when she and Harriet Dart reached the women’s doubles last 16.

Watson, into the singles fourth round for the first time, is having a hectic week where she has played every day.

On Saturday she was even scheduled to play twice but withdrew from the mixed doubles, citing a knee injury, after the 6-4 6-2 win with Dart over Natela Dzalamidze and Aleksandra Krunic.

She faces Jule Niemeier for a place in the singles quarter-finals on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Kyle Edmund made his long-awaited return to the court after two knee operations in the mixed doubles alongside fellow Briton Olivia Nicholls.

In his first competitive match since October 2020, the 27-year-old showed flashes of the ability that took him to the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2018.

But Americans Jack Sock and Coco Gauff – who earlier lost in the women’s singles to Amanda Anisimova – had too much for the wildcard pairing, securing a comfortable 6-4 6-1 win on court three.

Britain’s Joe Salisbury and American Rajeev Ram advanced to the third round of the men’s doubles with a comfortable 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory against Fabrice Martin and Hugo Nys.

The top seeds will face Rafael Matos of Brazil and David Vega Hernandez of Spain in the next round.

Elsewhere, Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares came through in straight sets to set up a third-round match against seventh seeds John Peers, of Australia, and Slovakian Filip Polasek.

They overcame Serbian Nikola Cacic and Italian Andrea Vavassori to win 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 on court two.

Lloyd Glasspool and Finnish partner Harri Heliovaara also advanced, beating Norway’s Casper Ruud and American William Blumberg 6-1 3-6 6-3 3-6 6-4.

Wildcard British pair Ken Skupski and Jonny O’Mara saw off the challenge of South African Raven Klaasen and Brazilian Marcelo Melo 6-2 6-4 6-4 on court 15.

They will face two-time French Open men’s double winners Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in the third round.

Edmund returns after long lay-off

Olivia Nicholls and partner Kyle Edmond sit down and talk tactics between games
Kyle Edmund played his first competitive match since October 2020 in the mixed doubles

It has been a long journey back to the court to form British number one Edmund.

He has suffered from a long-standing knee injury that has required two operations and has spoken of how he is still having to manage it.

Despite the better part of two years away from the game, he looked relatively comfortable stretching and chasing down wide balls, with no visible strapping on his knee.

Opponents Sock and Gauff pulled away after coming through a tight first set, with the 18-year-old playing with a smile on her face and producing some sublime shots, particularly at the net. The Americans will face third seeds Nicolas Mahut, of France, and China’s Zhang Shuai next.

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