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Wimbledon: Heather Watson's disgust at heavy fine is eased by mixed doubles delight

By Adam McKendry

Heather Watson has criticised her $12,000 Wimbledon fine as unfair and excessive. The Briton has been handed the biggest penalty of the tournament so far after slamming her racket into the court during her first-round loss to Annika Beck.

Watson's fine amounted to nearly a third of the prize money she received following her 3-6 6-0 12-10 defeat by German Beck.

Watson said: "I don't see it as fair. I was so shocked. I just saw the two so I thought, 'Oh okay', but $12,000 for bouncing my racket once is a bit excessive, especially because I haven't done anything like this before."

There has been a silver lining in her mixed doubles form. She moved into the quarter-finals with Finn Henri Kontinen after they stunned champions Leander Paes and Martina Hingis.

Watson and Kontinen were playing in their first match together but came from a set down to win 3-6 6-3 6-2. She said: "In the first we were getting comfortable with each other, then we took off, especially in the third."

Next up is a meeting with Scott Lipsky of the USA and Russian Alla Kudryavtseva.

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