The British number four broke down in tears during her on-court interview following a 6-7(7) 7-5 6-2 win over Tamara Korpatsch in a match postponed from Monday night.
Watson, 30, revealed that a combination of her poor results and the coronavirus pandemic had left her feeling weak, which made a red day like this so special.
The victory also allowed her to exorcise the ghosts of Court One from last year when she wasted match points to lose to Kristie Ahn in the first round.
She said: “The last few years for me personally have been difficult. I had ups and downs – mostly downs – like so many people have with the pandemic and all that.
“I would just say the battles with it, the isolation. I am such a person, a very sociable person. Being with friends and family, being social, that’s what fulfills me in life.
“So I guess I missed that. Then it was just impossible to find joy on the tennis court without fans. Being able to play my first match on Court One was really special.
“But not only that, with my tennis as a whole. The person I am, I’m a fighter. Also for my game, I’m the type of player that needs a lot of hard work to play good tennis, a lot of hours on the court, a lot of hours in the gym.
“I’m not happy with my ranking, the way I play. I expect more from myself. I think tennis players as a whole still do. But I felt like the last few years I had been underachieving.
“I think it was just an accumulation of that too, how much I invested and I didn’t get any rewards. So, you know, after my game here last year on Court One, that was an all-time low for me.
“Coming back, I was so happy to be able to change the result and the narrative this year.”
Heather Watson celebrates Wimbledon win a year after ‘all-time low’
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