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June 13, 2016

Heather Watson

Birmingham, England

H. WATSON/C. Giorgi

6-4, 7-5

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Heather Watson, please.

Q. You must be really relieved to have gotten that out of the way now?
HEATHER WATSON: Uhm, I'm not relieved. I'm pleased with my performance today, especially from last week. I didn't play well at all last week. I didn't feel my game had adapted to the grass yet.

Today, the opponent I played is a real tricky one. She doesn't give you any rhythm. She'll hit a lot of winners, but she'll make some mistakes as well. So it's tough.

I was just really pleased with how positive I was, especially in the second set when I was breakpoints down. I thought those games in the end turned out to be very crucial.

And, Yeah, I can't remember ever winning a match in Birmingham. I haven't in the last couple of years, for sure.

Oh, no, I have. I have, like, five years ago, but, yeah.

Q. Did you think you were going to get on at all today, because it was a long wait?
HEATHER WATSON: It was strange, like, when the first match was going to be on soon, I didn't feel like I had a match that day. It felt like I had a lounge-around, hang-out day. It was so odd. I had to put myself in a corner and kind of get focused.

You're really used to your time management before a match. You're going to wake up at this time, breakfast at this time, car at this time, warmup at this time. It was just like I did all that, and then I'm just hanging back, got no idea when I'm play.

It was a bit strange. But I did okay.

Q. What was the big difference today between this performance and last week in Nottingham?
HEATHER WATSON: I think mentally, it was the biggest difference. I was a bit up and down in Nottingham and was getting a bit frustrated with myself. Today I thought I kept my cool very well.

Q. At one point it looked like you were making things a bit hard for yourself. You kept giving away a lot of breakpoints and then having to save them. Was it actually a good lesson for what comes next?
HEATHER WATSON: You mean on my serve?

Q. Yeah, on your serve. You seemed to be having problems hanging onto it?
HEATHER WATSON: Yeah, in the second set I did there, because my first-serve percentage dropped. I was starting the points with my second serve. I knew that in my mind, but I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong on my serve, why I was missing my first serves, and I figured it out. It was my legs. I just needed to push off more.

When I needed it in that last game, it was there.

Q. We asked Madison what she does in a rain break, and it was between sleeping and breaking people's fingers in card games. What do you do in the rain breaks that isn't violent?
HEATHER WATSON: Today I was doing a lot of taking pictures of people sleeping, so I can use them later on when I need them (smiling). I won't show you. They'll get so mad. A bit of eating and sleeping a few Snapchat filters.

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