BILLIE JEAN KING CUP TIES33
Last updated: 24/05/2022
BILLIE JEAN KING CUP TIES 33
Last updated: 24/05/2022
SURFACE: Hard court
SHOT: Cross-court forehand
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Heather Watson has been in and around the WTA top 50 for many years. A Fed Cup stalwart, Watson has also represented Team GB at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Heather Watson is also a Wimbledon mixed doubles champion, having won the title in 2016
As a Top 100 singles/Top 32 doubles player, Heather Watson receives LTA Elite Support
- Place of birth: Guernsey
- Lives: London
- Trains: Bolletieri Academy, Florida
- Likes: Fashion, shopping, meeting up with family and friends for a good walk along the beach.
- Family: Mum is Michelle, dad is Ian, brother is Adam and sisters are Stephanie
Watson came through two rounds of qualifying at the Adelaide International 2 but fell to Tamara Zidansek 2-6, 6-2, 76(4) in the first round of the main draw.
For the second time in the same month Watson faced Zidansek, this time at Melbourne Park, in the second round of the Australian Open. Watson lost out in straight sets 7-6(4), 6-4.
Watson's season continued in Mexio at the Monterrey Open, where she reached the second round of the singles - losing to sixth seed Nuria Parrizas-Diaz - and the quarter-finals of the doubles with Mayar Sheriff.
After fighting her way through qualifying at Indian Wells, Watson came up short against Czech star, Tereza Martincova - losing 6-2, 6-1 to the World No.42.
Watson produced an upset after defeating former world No.3, Elina Svitolina, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) in the second round of the Miami Open. Through to the third round in Miami for the first time since 2016, Watson lost to world No.28, Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-1.
Kick started her year in Abu Dhabi with a win over fellow brit Jodie Burrage. Reached second round at the Australian Open where she lost in three sets to 21st seed Kontavent. In April led the British Billie Jean King Cup team to success over Mexico. In May she lost her first round match at Roland Garros. In the build-up to Wimbledon reached the semi-finals of the Viking Classic Birmingham, and took World No.9 Iga Swiatek deep into a three-set match in Eastbourne.
In July, Heather became a three-time Olympian, representing Team GB in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Reached the semi-final of the Hobart International, and lost in the second round to Elise Mertens at the Australian Open. Won one and lost one match in Great Britain’s defeat to Slovakia in the Fed Cup Qualifiers in Bratislava in February. Won the WTA International in Acapulco in late February, beating Leylah Fernandez in three sets in the final – a victory which saw her to return to the WTA Top 50 for the first time in four years. Made early exits in the U.S. Open and French Open but finished the season strongly by winning the Battle of the Brits Premier League of Tennis.
Won the ITF £60k in Fukuoka, Japan in May, beating Zarina Dyas in the final. Also won the doubles title in Fukuoka with Naomi Broady. Reached the singles quarter final and doubles final at the Surbiton Trophy. Lost in the first round in Nottingham and Birmingham.
Doubles win with Tatjana Maria in Acapulco, reached R2 at French Open, progressed to doubles QFs of Nature Valley Classic with Katie Boulter.
Runner-up with Henri Kontinen at Wimbledon defending their 2016 title. In singles, finished season at no.74, in the Top 100 for the sixth time. SF at Eastbourne, QF at Monterrey and Luxembourg, R3 Wimbledon, R2 Australia, R1 US Open.
Winning Wimbledon with doubles partner Henri Kontinen in 2016.
Started playing aged 7 and moved to Bolletieri Academy aged 12. Won the Junior US Open in 2009 and gold at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games. Reached No.3 in the world on the ITF Junior Circuit.
What has Heather Watson won?
Heather Watson has won nine titles, including the mixed double title at Wimbledon in 2016 which made her the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title in 15 years, and the WTA singles title at the Japan Open.
Who sponsors Heather Watson?
Heather Watsonhas two different sponsors currently; New Balance sponsor her clothing and shoes, and Babolat currently sponsors her racket after taking over from Dunlop Srixon.
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