Heather Watson
Heather Watson last reached the third round at Wimbledon in 2012.Getty Images

Heather Watson has reached the third round at Wimbledon for only the second time following a straight sets victory over Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova on day three.

The British number one, who beat Caroline Garcia on Tuesday (30 June), triumphed 6-4, 6-2 in the searing heat at SW19. Watson will now face Serena Williams following the five-time winner's 6-4, 6-1 win against Timea Babos.

After the match, she told BBC Sport: "I went 3-1 down and didn't panic. She played a few good games and I hit a few double faults to give it away, but I just stayed calm and brought it back. I definitely kept my cool better today. I was a lot calmer."

While Watson progressed, sadly it was the end of the road for fellow Briton Liam Broady. The wildcard entry produced a stunning comeback to knock out Marinko Matosevic earlier in the week, but came up against a much tougher opponent in world number 15 David Goffin and was defeated 7-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Elsewhere at a sun-drenched All England Club, defending champion Novak Djokovic is also through after beating Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. He will play Bernard Tomic in round three.

French open champion Stan Wawrinka beat Victor Estrella Burgos 6-4, 6-4, 7-5, while Milos Raonic eased past Tommy Haas in straight sets, Grigor Dimitrov saw off the challenge of American Steve Johnson and Marin Cilic beat Ricardas Berankis.

Ana Ivanovic and Karolina Pliskova were high-profile exits in the women's draw after being beaten by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Coco Vandeweghe respectively.

Venus Williams joins sister Serena in the next round with a 7-6, 6-4 victory against Yulia Putintseva and Maria Sharapova was victorious over Richel Hogenkam.

Lucie Safarova, Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens are also through, with the day ending with something of a fright when an electrical fire led to the premises being evacuated.