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Fuming Watson lets rip at line judge

By Andy Sims

Heather Watson branded a line judge "pathetic" and a "snitch" after being reported to the chair umpire for swearing in her Wimbledon women's doubles match.

Watson and her partner Tatjana Maria were docked a point in their quarter-final defeat to Czech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova after the official accused Watson of foul language.

That followed an earlier warning for hitting the ball off the court in the 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 defeat.

She fiercely denied the language accusation, even getting the crowd to back her up, but it fell on deaf ears as umpire Kader Nouni imposed the penalty.

Watson, who lost in the mixed doubles on Tuesday night, accused the line judge of classroom behaviour.

"I just went like that (hand clenched in front of face), and then said, 'Stupid', really loud," she said.

"You have got people in all different languages swearing constantly all the time.

"I just said 'Stupid', nobody heard anything else and I just think it is really bad.

"I think it is a poor choice from him.

"It's just unfair."

Meanwhile, Jamie Murray remained on course to defend his mixed doubles title with new partner Victoria Azarenka.

Scot Murray and former World No.1 Azarenka moved into the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (8/6) 6-3 win over Matwe Middelkoop and Johanna Larsson.

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