Doubles fitness boost for Watson

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Heather Watson was today set return to the scene of her agonising first-round Wimbledon exit after recovering from an elbow injury to take part in the doubles.

Watson, 19, was on course to clinch her first senior Wimbledon win against Mathilde Johansson on Wednesday before she suffered the injury during the second set and eventually went on to lose 6-2 4-6 4-6 on Court Three.

The defeat left Watson distraught, with the teenager breaking down in tears in her post-match press conference.

The Channel Islander's hopes of playing in the doubles with partner Jocelyn Rae looked to have been ended by the injury, but she has been deemed fit by her physio.

Watson and Rae were scheduled to play Russian pair Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva fourth on Court Three after rain delayed the match from yesterday, and the youngster was looking forward to returning to action after being given the all-clear.

"Doubles was canceled [sic] yesterday so back on Court 3 today! Really looking forward to playing on it again," Watson said on Twitter.

"My elbow will be strapped up, & I will see how it goes during the match. It wasn't feeling great yesterday so another day's rest helped."