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Teenage ace Watson smashes history books with junior singles title

Posted by on Sep 15, 2009 in Sport, Tennis | 0 comments

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Seventeen-year-old Heather Watson wrote herself in the history books in the weekend by winning the US Open Junior Girls Singles title – the first ever female Brit to achieve the honour.

Watson, from Guernsey beat Yana Buchina of Russia 6 – 4, 6 – 1 to claim the honour of being champion and to pick up her first grand slam crown.

What was even more impressive about her stunning win was the way she came back from being 3 – 1 down during the first set and then cruise for a comfortable victory.

Heather said: “It feels great. It is such a great achievement, I’m really pleased and it is great for British tennis.”

Watson emulates Andy Murray’s success in 2004 when he won the Junior Boys Singles tournament and follows on from fellow young tennis Brit Laura Robson, who won the Wimbledon Junior Girls title last year.

The 17-year-old now wants to build on her success and continue to go in the right direction.

Heather said: “I’ll be definitely be playing more women’s tournaments than juniors.

“But I still want to be able to play the junior Grand Slams next year because I really enjoy playing them but I’m going to start trying to climb up the women’s ladder now.

“This has given me a lot of confidence and I hope I can take this and use it in my next couple of tournaments.”

Watson’s parents decided to invest in Heather’s tennis potential at just the age of 12 and she was sent to California to train in the respected Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy to develop her game.

Heather’s coach Andrew Fisher said: “Heather has a lot of potential but there are still some things we have to work on.

“Her first serve is good but we need to make the second serve equally as good. She still needs to get fitter and is going to have to attack the net more in the professional game.

“She’s a great mover so she’ll be able to do that and she’s a nice kid from a nice family. It is good for you Brits to have her and Laura Robson representing you!!”

There is no doubt that with Watson and Robson both making great strides this early on in their careers, the future of British Women’s tennis is slowly on the rise.

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