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Elsewhere, up-and-coming Niemeier knocked Watson out 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday and later apologised for disappointing the crowd by beating a home favourite.

Niemeier, 22, used her big serve and skilled net play to great effect, appearing completely at ease despite the Centre Court crowd’s clear support for Watson, who looked tight and anxious.

It was the end of the line for home favourite Heather Watson.

It was the end of the line for home favourite Heather Watson.Credit:AP

Playing after Wimbledon staged a centre court centenary celebration that included a parade of former champions, Niemeier was quickly into her stride, breaking 30-year-old Watson’s serve…

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