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Heather Watson had only just blown out the candles on the cake for her second birthday when a British woman last won a match at the French Open. Seventeen years on, the world No 117 ended her country's long wait for a female winner when she beat France's Stephanie Foretz Gacon 7-6, 6-1 here last night.

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One of the driest springs on record has sparked fears for agriculture and wildlife, while crews 'work to the point of exhaustion' to battle forest fires

Rupert Cornwell: Violent, extreme and contrary (the weather, that is)

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Summer comes early, but heat brings threat of drought for millions

The South is basking but after driest March in 50 years experts warn that water could soon be rationed

Lawrie ends nine-year title drought with Andalucian Open victory

Paul Lawrie achieved his first European Tour win for nine years yesterday. The 42-year-old former Open champion took the Andalucian Open in Malaga by one from Swede Johan Edfors.

Fernando Torres 'confident' of ending goal drought

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres believes "the goals will soon come" as he bids to break his scoring duck for his new team.

Scots end drought as Italy hit rock bottom

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Rango (PG)

The first 20 minutes of this are among the funniest and most brilliant of any animated movie I've seen. Johnny Depp voices, superbly, a hapless bulging-eyed chameleon named Rango who stumbles upon authority after lying – with his forked tongue – about an heroic past as a gunslinger. The drought-afflicted desert town of Dirt makes him their sheriff, though it's a poisoned chalice given that the place is actually run by a wily old tortoise who sounds (and looks) like John Huston. The script, by John Logan, unfolds a classic Western tale that leans heavily on the plot of Chinatown. Gore Verbinski and his visual consultant Roger Deakins work marvels, both in the animal characterisation and the parched desert scrubland where most of it takes place. What children will make of in-jokes about Hunter S Thompson and Clint Eastwood is anyone's guess, but they should enjoy the magnificent setpieces – one chase involving a giant metal-beaked hawk is priceless – while Johnny Depp's puckish, free-associating spiel has an eccentric charm all of its own. It's one of his greatest roles.

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