Watson and Norrie move into Roland Garros second round

Watson and Norrie move into Roland Garros second round

28 May 2018 / 17:57

Heather Watson overcame a slow start and a rainy finish to move into the French Open second round and the 26-year-old insists there is much more still to come.

Watson, the British No.2, started slowly against Oceane Dodin but turned the tide thereafter and finished off with a 6-3, 6-0 win.

She had to battle through a downpour in the final game to claim victory and set up a clash with either Elise Martens of Belgium – the 16th seed here in Paris – or USA’s Varvara Lepchenko.

And while Watson has struggled for form in 2018 – this was only her second win of the year – her confidence remains undimmed.

“I started a little nervous, but I was feeling very confident coming in and I knew that, so once I got those nerves out of me in the first couple of games I loosened up and started playing how I have been practicing,” said Watson – who has never made the French Open third round.

“That last game was tough to close out, you could feel the rain coming and it’s tough because you don’t want to rush but you kind of do and I was getting water in my eyes when I served!

“But I’m pleased with the way I closed it out and just really happy with my level throughout the whole match.

“Despite my season I was feeling so confident coming into this match, just the way I have prepared, trained, eaten, slept, everything to the best of my ability and that’s why I’m feeling so confident regardless of my results in the past.”

Cameron Norrie is through to the second round of the French Open after his opponent Peter Gojowczyk retired with injury.

The German world number 43 retired when he was down 6-1 2-0 after pulling up with an apparent leg injury.

Norrie will therefore face the 15th seed Lucas Pouille in the next round, and if today’s short performance is anything to go by, he will provide the Frenchman with a tough challenge.

“I was very concentrated early on,” said the 22-year-old. “I was being physical and playing on my terms.

"He came at me strong and I was able to fight him off a few break points. I'm not sure what was going on but I'll take the win.

"I was really nervous – my parents are here watching. But he was tired mentally and I'm playing well from last week.

“I'm stoked to get the win. It's tough to get it like that but I'll take it.

"My body is feeling good and my mind is too, I’m looking forward to my next match."

Norrie has just broken into the world’s top 100 for the first time, and will be hoping to boost that ranking this summer.

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