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Heather Watson ecstatic after adding to British joy with doubles success

By Robert Jones

Published 11/07/2016

Winning combination: Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson
Winning combination: Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson

Heather Watson was a picture of delight as she celebrated winning the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon alongside Henri Kontinen, adding to the most successful day for British tennis in recent memory.

Watched by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Watson and Kontinen beat Colombia's Robert Farah and Anna-Lena Groenefeld 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to triumph, hours after Andy Murray clinched his second title.

With two Wimbledon champions crowned on the same day, there was further success for Britain as Gordon Reid won the men's wheelchair singles and Jordanne Whiley and her partner Yui Kamiji won the ladies' wheelchair doubles.

After embracing Finland's Kontinen and forgetting to allow their opponents to shake hands with the match umpire first, Watson soaked up the adulation.

"It's pretty awesome," Watson said. "I can't describe how happy I am. I can't stop smiling, I couldn't have picked anyone better to share this experience with.

"We had so much fun. I think that's why we did so well."

Turning to Kontinen, Watson added: "Thanks for putting up with me!" Kontinen added: "There was nothing to put up with. I don't remember having this much fun on a tennis court."

Watson will share the £100,000 winners' prize with Kontinen and her triumph is also timely in helping her bid to qualify for Rio 2016.

Watson and Kontinen stormed into a 3-0 lead as Watson tried to serve to the wrong side before her partner corrected her, much to the amusement of the crowd.

She won that one and then another to extend the advantage to five but Farah and Groenefeld roared back, the latter punching away a forehand volley to level at 5-5.

Watson and Kontinen recovered to win the next two points as Groenefeld dumped a volley into the net to hand away the set.

The second frame was more straightforward as a break at 3-3 gave Kontinen the chance to serve for the title. He double faulted once but settled his nerves to close out the triumph.

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