OUTCLASSED, outlasted and ultimately out - Heather Watson admitted the pressure got to her after her Wimbledon campaign ended yesterday.

Defeat to Germany’s Angelique Kerber, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1, leaves Andy Murray as the sole standard bearer of British tennis in the singles draw - a role he’s grown accustomed to performing with distinction at the All England Club.

And it will serve as a valuable lesson for Watson, who paid the price for her sluggish start.

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The British number one only knows one way to play - and that’s going at her opponents, showing no mercy, being aggressive - it’s the brand of tennis trademarked at Nick Bollettieri’s fabled academy in Florida.

However, sometimes it pays to play the percentages and that was the difference yesterday.

Watson has never beaten a top ten ranked player and ninth seed Kerber, a semi-finalist her two years ago, had a game plan that she exploited, proving that the ability to outthink a rival is often more valuable than simply outmuscling them.

“I’ve got start playing good from the beginning, from the first point,” admitted Watson.

“I was very tentative and I missed a lot of easy balls.

I wasn’t making a lot of first serves.

“I’m glad that I got into it and started playing better.

The second set I kept fighting through and I found my way.

“I think from both of us there was some unbelievable tennis. In the third set I felt I was still playing well, but I didn’t take my chances. I had a lot of game points but missed some easy balls and you can’t do that against a player like her.

“I just want to play like that more consistently now. I know I can play well but I must start learning to take my opportunities.”

Meanwhile, top seed Serena Williams took only 49 minutes to dispose of the South African Chanelle Scheepers to secure her progress with a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

Maria Sharapova is Serena’s likely quarter-final date. Timea Bacsinszky was swotted aside 6-2, 6-1 by Sharapova.