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Heather Watson out of Wimbledon after three-set defeat to Victoria Azarenka

• British No2 loses 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in third round
• Simona Halep and Venus Williams reach last 16

The tag of plucky loser does not appeal to any athlete with serious designs on leaving a lasting impact on their sport, even to a British player punching above her weight at Wimbledon, and it was hard for Heather Watson to focus on the positives after squandering the opportunity to become known for something more than coming within a whisker of defeating Serena Williams in the third round two years ago.

As Wimbledon’s absent champion discovered during that impertinent assault on her rule over Centre Court in 2015, Watson is a major threat when she is in the zone. The British No2 is often asked about that match and longs to shape a new narrative. But the sense that Watson will only ever be almost good enough will persist until she works out how to put away opponents of Victoria Azarenka’s class.

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