'They're trying to kill me' Heather Watson hits out at Wimbledon schedule on 4 hours sleep


Heather Watson claimed Wimbledon are “trying to kill her” with their scheduling as she has been made to play on all four days of the tournament so far. The Brit’s first-round match against Tamara Korpatsch on Monday was suspended at 1-1 in the first set because of the 11pm curfew.

Watson returned the following day and secured a 6-7(7), 7-5, 6-2 victory on Court 1.

The Brit 30-year-old was given another late start on Wednesday for her second-round clash with Wang Qiang, which was suspended again due to bad light.

Watson was one game away from winning the match at 7-5, 5-4 but was made to return on Thursday morning, where she wrapped up the win in just over a minute.

However, the world No 127 is not happy with how she has been scheduled so late in the day.

“Honestly I’m not coping very well any more,” Watson told the BBC. “I got less than four hours sleep last night and they’ve scheduled me tonight not before 6pm for doubles. I think they’re trying to kill me here to be honest.”

She added: “Firstly I couldn’t see, for the last four games neither of us could see the ball, they kept us on court until it was almost pitch black. So that was really tough to deal with.

“When I was trying to serve it out all I was focusing on was trying to hit the ball because I could barely see it.

“Last night I was just trying to wind down because it was so late and I had to be back at 10.30am, that’s not a lot of time to rest and recover.

“It’s tough to just go to sleep on command. You’re thinking about a lot, the match is still going on, the adrenaline. I was trying to wind down and it just didn’t work.”



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