Watson seeks punishment after Wimbledon loss

Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:02am EDT
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By Alison Williams

LONDON (Reuters) - Such was Heather Watson's mood after one of her worst disappointments in losing to Germany's Annika Beck 3-6 6-0 12-10 at Wimbledon on Thursday, the British number two went online to see what the internet trolls where saying about her.

"After a loss like this, I'm so angry with myself, I feel like I need to punish myself," she told reporters. "It wasn't a good day. I just went on Twitter. There was plenty."

The social media abuse directed at players, the women in particular, has been a running theme of the news conferences at this year's tournament, with many saying they simply ignore it.

No such tactic for Watson and nor did it lift what she described as her "the worst mood ever".

"Definitely not. Why would that cheer me up, people saying nasty things?," she said.

Her frustration was also evident on court as Watson, 24, earned a warning for smashing her racket at the changeover after the evenly matched pair traded breaks in the fourth and fifth games of the third set.

Watson, who came within two points of beating eventual champion Serena Williams in the third round last year, had clawed her way back into the much delayed first-round clash after losing nine straight games in the second set and start of the third.

Williams could have been on the horizon again in the third round, but Watson, world number 55, missed three match points with the score at 10-9 in the decider.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 30/6/16 Germany's Annika Beck celebrates winning her  match against Great Britain's Heather Watson REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth