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Tennis roundup: Heather Watson makes quarter-finals in Birmingham

Tennis roundup: Heather Watson makes quarter-finals in Birmingham
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The British number two was leading when Zhang Shuai retired from their match due to a leg injury.

Heather Watson says she has been inspired by Andy Murray after making it through to the quarter-finals of the Viking Classic in Birmingham.

The British number two was leading 5-2 in the first set against Zhang Shuai when the Chinese player, who lost to Johanna Konta in last week's Nottingham Open final, retired due to a leg injury.

Watson, who has had a torrid year prior to the grass-court season, has spent plenty of time with Murray at the National Tennis Centre in London recently and was delighted to see him come through his latest comeback at Queen's on Tuesday.

She said: "He is someone who works so hard, and puts in the hard yards, the blood, sweat and tears and for all of the British tennis players that train at the National Tennis Centre and see him, he is a massive inspiration.

"I am really happy for him that he was able to play his match at Queens and second to get the win. I have seen him a lot in the gym, we park next to each other every day before we go to training.

"He just loves it so much, his whole day is just tennis, tennis, tennis."

Watson, who now plays Croatian Donna Vekic in the last eight, did not have to exert too much energy against Zhang in Birmingham after it became clear early on her opponent was injured.

Heather Watson, right, hugs China's Zhang Shuai after her retirement at Birmingham
Heather Watson, right, hugs China's Zhang Shuai after her retirement in Birmingham (Tim Goode/PA)

She added: "I could tell from the first game that she wasn't moving quite right, so I knew her leg was taped and I knew that was bothering her.

"I really hope that she is alright and fine for her next tournament because she is such a lovely sweet girl. She is so nice to be around, I hope she is alright.

"I knew she wasn't moving like normal, I just made sure I focused really hard on my serves and returns and I actually hit them better than I have for a long time.

"It's tough but you just have to pretend she is 100 per cent. From my perspective I try and block it out and try and stick to my game plan."

Vekic made it past Italian Camila Giorgi 2-6 6-3 6-4 while Kristina Mladenovic won the all-French battle with Fiona Ferro 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Fellow Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia was dumped out by Marie Bouzkova 6-3 6-0 while two-time grand slam semi-finalist Coco Vandeweghe beat Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6 6-4 6-3.

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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