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Heather Watson is inspired by home joy at Wimbledon

By Robert Jones

Heather Watson is taking inspiration from Andy Murray and Laura Robson's success at Wimbledon as she bids to return to top form.

British number two Watson was preparing for a hard block of training in the United States as Murray defeated Novak Djokovic on Sunday to become Wimbledon champion.

Watson reached the third round at the All England Club last year but went out in the opening round this time against rising American star Madison Keys and on Monday dropped to 68th in the rankings.

Watson was playing in only her fourth tournament since two months out with glandular fever and admitted after the Keys defeat that she was still feeling the effects of her time off.

The 21-year-old then had to watch as Robson, who took over the British number one spot while Watson was sidelined, went on to reach the fourth round.

Watson said of Robson's run: "She did brilliantly. She had a very tough first round to get through and I think once she got through that it gave her confidence to carry on.

"It inspires me, and what Andy's doing, and also my loss. I'm still not over it. For Wimbledon it takes a lot longer.

"When it hits me hard is the next morning when I wake up because you've been unconscious, your mind's at rest, and then you wake up and then it's like, 'Oh, I lost'.

"It makes me determined for the whole hard-court season, and I'm so determined for my next tournament now."

Watson headed home to Guernsey for the weekend, where she discussed her targets for the next part of the season with dad Ian.

The family then travelled to America, where Watson spends most of the time when she is not playing tournaments training at Nick Bolletieri's academy in Florida.

"I want to get good preparation in before the hard-court season, which I haven't had yet since I've been back."

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