Impressive Watson set to do battle with ninth seed Kerber

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Heather Watson was so nervous before facing Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round at Wimbledon that her jaw locked trying to eat a banana.

But the British No 1 had no reason to worry as she powered into round two with a 6-3 6-2 victory to set up a clash with ninth seed Angelique Kerber.

Britain's Heather Watson celebrates against Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic.

Britain's Heather Watson celebrates against Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic.

Watson has been on a great run of form and arrived at the All England Club fresh from reaching the semi-finals in Eastbourne.

“I have had a good run, and coming to Wimbledon with confidence I really wanted to make the most of it,” said the 22-year-old, ranked 60th in the world. “So I was a bit nervous going on to court. I struggle to eat before I go on, and actually my jaw was locking and I couldn’t even bite through my banana.

“But it was good. Once I got on court, I got moving. I made sure I moved my feet a lot in the warm-up to get going, and as soon as we started playing, I got into it”

Serena Williams served notice of her intentions by slinging down 16 aces in a mismatch of a first-round showdown with Anna Tatishvili.

The top-seeded American is seeking a sixth women’s singles title in London and raced to a 6-1 6-2 victory.

Of the prominent seeds, only number seven Jelena Jankovic lost on the second day, going down 6-3 6-2 against Estonian Kaia Kanepi.

Newly-crowned French Open champion Maria Sharapova charged through at the expense of Britain’s Samantha Murray, winning 6-1 6-0, while Romanian third seed Simona Halep swatted aside Brazilian Teliana Pereira 6-2 6-2.

Sabine Lisicki began her quest to go one better than last year’s runner-up achievement by overwhelming Israel’s Wimbledon novice Julia Glushko by a 6-2 6-1 margin on Centre Court.