She is a bright star in British women’s tennis and Guernsey’s pride and joy.
Heather Watson has set her sights on getting into the World Top 100 women’s players and she is well on the way to achieving it.
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She started 2010 ranked 588 in the world, 12 months later she is starting the year in the top 150 after a good result in her first tournament of 2011. At the ASB Classic in Auckland, she reached her first-ever WTA quarter-final by knocking out 9th seed Carla Suarez Navarro but then lost to Shuai Peng.
Heather was born on the Channel Island of Guernsey on 19 May 1992 and has an impressive string of results. She won the Junior U.S Open 2009 and the Gold Medal in the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games.
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At the age of 17, she was the youngest woman ever to compete in the prestigious Sony Ericsson Open in Miami when she was awarded a Wild Card into the main draw.
She has been training at the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida where she is coached by Andrew Fisher, and she has been ranked as the British number 3 in the senior rankings.
In 2008 her mother Michelle gave up her job in Guernsey to travel full time with her daughter on the World junior circuit and she attained a Junior World Ranking of number 3.
She attained her first senior ranking of 756 on 27th July 2009 when she won her first senior title, the $10,000 tournament in Frinton-on-Sea in Essex. At the 2010 AEGON International in Eastbourne, she won through qualifying to reach the main draw and beat Aleksandra Wozniak in the 1st round. She did not get further as she was beaten by Victoria Azarenka in the second round.
Her first Grand Slam was Wimbledon 2010 when she got a wild card into the main draw but she lost in the first round to Romina Oprandi in three sets.
She went on to win a $25,000 tournament in Wrexham beating Sania Mirza in the Final. In October 2010 she was seeded 5th in the Commonwealth Games when she had the chance to represent Guernsey. She reached the final but lost to top seed Australian Anastasia Rodionova.
She spent December in Florida doing intensive training for the 2011 season. She would run on the beach every morning at 7 am followed by two-hour weight sessions in the gym plus practicing on the court.
Her new-found athletic ability showed in New Zealand and she is the youngest player in the World Top 150.
She said she was tired before the Australian Open and she was knocked out in the second round of qualifying. She will be playing in the British Team in the Federation Cup during the first weekend in February when Great Britain play Israel in Eilat.