Watson ready for Wimbledon after French Open showing

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Heather Watson goes to Wimbledon next week in confident mood after an encouraging performance at the French Open. The British No. 3 meets Czech Iveta Benesova (13/8 to win the match) ranked 52 in the world, on Monday as she bids to get past the opening round for the first time. She took heart from reaching round two at Roland Garros before losing 6-4 6-4 to 25th seed Julia Goerges.

Watson, who is ranked 110 in the world, said "I was pleased with my Paris run but was still disappointed - I wanted to get further than I did. At Wimbledon I always want to do especially well, because it's at home and on the grass. I'm loving the grass. I've had time to get used to it and adapt my game. I will take it match by match but hopefully it will take me far."

Along with former junior Wimbledon champion Laura Robson, Watson is at the vanguard of the women's game in the UK. The bright future they promise to bring to success-starved home fans does create plenty of pressure at Wimbledon though.

But the 20 year old Watson (4/9 to win the match) is comfortable with the weight of expectation upon her and Robson. She added "The only pressure I take is the pressure I put on myself. That is already quite a bit because I want to do well and believe in myself. It's exciting every year at Wimbledon. The atmosphere is amazing - playing in front of the home crowd, they're always great to play in front of."

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