Heather Watson becomes latest Brit to crash out of Wimbledon after losing to German Jule Niemeier in straight sets… as her first ever fourth round appearance ends in defeat
Heather Watson’s memorable Wimbledon singles adventure is over following her defeat to German Jule Niemeier in the fourth round.
It was the Brit’s first ever appearance at this stage of a Grand Slam, but it proved a step too far as she was beaten in straight sets 6-2 6-4.
Watson’s exit means that Cameron Norrie, who has just got under way in his fourth round tie against Tommy Paul of the USA, is the last British singles player standing in SW19.
Heather Watson’s Wimbledon singles adventure is over following her defeat to Jule Niemeier
But victory for the nerveless Niemeier is a huge achievement, as the 22-year-old is into the quarter-final in only her second appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam.
Niemeier may be unseeded but she beat number two seed Anett Kontaveit in the second round, and illustrated her quality with a stunning winner from the baseline as she chased down a Watson lob early on.
It was a flat first set from Watson, who was broken twice and swatted the net in frustration after missing a simple volley to bring up set point.
It was the Brit’s first ever appearance at this stage of a Grand Slam but it proved a step too far
Niemeier is into the last eight in only her second appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam
Home hopes were briefly raised when Watson confidently broke for a 2-0 lead in the second, but she was unable to back it up and double-faulted as Niemeier hit straight back.
Two more double faults in her next service game spelled the end for Watson as Niemeier wrapped up victory in an hour and 17 minutes.
She will face fellow German Tatjana Maria in the last eight at the All England Club.