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Heather Watson
Nickname(s) Hev, Heva[1]
Country  United Kingdom
Residence Guernsey
Date of birth 19 May 1992 (1992-05-19) (age 17)
Place of birth Guernsey
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Turned pro 2009
Plays Right handed (double handed backhand)
Career prize money US$ 2,837
Career record 12–8
Career titles 0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking 484 (1 March 2010)
Current ranking No. 484 (1 March 2010)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open
Juniors: QF (2009)
French Open
Juniors: 2R (2009)
Juniors: 2R (2008, 2009)
US Open
Juniors: W (2009)
Career record 6–8
Career titles 0 WTA, 0 ITF
Highest ranking 527 (22 February 2010)
Australian Open
Juniors: R32 (2009)
French Open
Juniors: RU (2009)
Juniors: R16 (2009)
US Open
Juniors: R32 (2009)
Last updated on: 1 March 2010.

Heather Miriam Watson[2] (born 19 May 1992) is a British female tennis player. Born in Guernsey, she trains at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, USA.[3] Watson has won one major title – the 2009 US Open Junior title – and one other senior title – the $10,000 Frinton – and won gold at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games.[4] She is coached by Andrew Fisher and, as of 2 November 2009 (2009 -11-02), Watson is the top ranked female junior in the United Kingdom.[1] Watson's is fourth in the world for junior girls, having previously been as high as third.[1] Watson is rated as the British senior women's number 13,[5] and is ranked 484 in the world.[6]


Early life and junior career

Heather Watson was born 19 May 1992 in Guernsey to Papua New Guinea national Michelle and Manchester-born Ian Watson.[7][8] She has one brother, Adam, and two sisters, Stephanie and Julie. Heather Watson started playing tennis at the age of seven,[9] and at age twelve she left home to go to the American Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida.[2]

In 2006, Watson won the British Under-14 Championship.[10] The following year Watson won the British Under-16 Championship,[11] and reached the semi-finals of the British Under-18 Championship.[12] She lost in the Under-18 semi-finals again in 2008 to eventual winner Tara Moore.[13] In October, Watson travelled to Pune to compete at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games. There she won the gold medal, winning the final against Kyra Shroff 6–1, 6–0.[14][15] Mother Michelle left her job in 2008 to travel full-time with Heather Watson around the world junior circuit.[2]

Watson played her first senior tournament in March 2009 – the $25k Jersey Open, but lost in the second round to Katie O'Brien, 1–6, 1–6. At the beginning of July she became the highest ranked British junior, overtaking Laura Robson.[16] She achieved her first senior women's world ranking on 27 July 2009, entering at number 756.[17] She won her first senior title at the Frinton $10,000 tournament. Watson beat Anna Fitzpatrick 4–6, 6–4, 6–2 in the final.[18] At the 2009 US Open, Watson was seeded 11th for the girl's singles. She reached the quarter-finals on 10 September before rain interrupted the tournament schedule. The tournament moved indoors and Watson beat second seed Noppawan Lertcheewakarn 6–2, 6–1 in the quarter final on 12 September.[19] She played her semi-final on the same day and was victorious against Daria Gavrilova 6–3, 6–0 to reach the final, where she faced doubles partner Yana Buchina.[20] Playing on Court 7, Watson won in straight sets, 6–4, 6–1.[21]

Watson also plays doubles. At 2009 French Open her pair were the third seeds and reached the girl's doubles final where her and partner, Tímea Babos, faced the second seeded pair of Noppawan Lertcheewakarn and Elena Bogdan. They won the first set 6–3, but then lost the second set 3–6 taking the match to a match tiebreak which they lost 8–10.[22] Partnering Yana Buchina, that year they were the 7th seed at the Australian girl's doubles and 6th seed at the U.S. girl's doubles, however they lost in the first round at both tournaments. At Wimbledon she teamed up with Magda Linette and they were seeded 6th in the girl's doubles but eliminated in the second round.

Senior career



Watson began 2010 with a wildcard into the Sutton $25k indoor ITF event in February, where she made the quarter-finals defeating 6th seed Sarah Gronert 7-6 3-6 6-2.[23] She immediately flew to the $100k Midland ITF event, losing to qualifier and fellow 17-year-old Beatrice Capra 6–4 2–6 5–7.[24] Watson expressed her disappointment at the result and after two weeks of intensive training, entered the $25k ITF event in Hammond, LA. Watson breezed through qualifying and to her second quarter-final of the year, defeating former world no.7 and two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, Nicole Vaidisova 4–6 7–6(10) 7–6(4) (saving four match points) and 5th seed Monique Adamczak 6-4 6-4 en-route. The following week (beginning 8th March) saw Heather enter another 25k event in Clearwater, FL. In the final qualifying round she suffered a shocking 3-6 0-6 defeat to fellow Brit Georgie Stoop before being handed a lucky loser spot in the main-draw aand defeating Georgia's Anna Tatishvilli 6-7(5) 6-2 6-1 in the first round.

Playing Style

Watson is right-handed and plays with a two-handed backhand. Her game is often likened to Martina Hingis and she has been praised by Nick Bollettieri for her "Amazing footwork".[25] Moreover her great on-court intelligence, court sense and stellar timing have been other talking points about her game.[26] According to Nigel Sears, head of women's coaching at the Lawn Tennis Association, Watson possesses "a complete game" [27], with a massive amount of variety including the consistent use of a one-handed backhand slice, volleys and angles. Others, including Watson herself, have also identified her game as similar to ATP player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga due to her "Big serve" and "Tremendous athleticism".[28]

WTA tour and ITF circuit finals

Grand Slam (0)
Tour Championships (0)
Premier (0)
International (0)
ITF Event (1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0)
Clay (0)
Grass (1)
Carpet (0)

Singles (1)


No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score Result
1. 19 July 2009 Frinton $10,000 Grass United Kingdom Anna Fitzpatrick 4–6 6–4 6–2 Won


No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score Result
1 13 September 2009 US Open Hard Russia Yana Buchina 6–4 6–1 Won



No. Date Partner Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score Result
1 6 June 2009 Hungary Tímea Babos French Open Clay Romania Elena Bogdan
Thailand Noppawan Lertcheewakarn
6–3 3–6 (8–10) Lost


  1. ^ a b c d "Heather Watson". Lawn Tennis Association. http://www.lta.org.uk/Players/Player-profiles/Girls/WatsonHeather/. Retrieved 19 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mum toasts tennis champ". The National. 17 September 2009. http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/683. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Kay, Alex (27 July 2009). "Heather Watson: I'm a female Tsonga". The Daily Mail. http://alexkayblog.dailymail.co.uk/2009/07/heather-watson-im-a-female-tsonga.html. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Watson beats Russian". The Guernsey Press. 7 September 2009. http://www.thisisguernsey.com/2009/09/07/watson-beats-russian/. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Heather Watson". Lawn Tennis Association. http://www2.lta.org.uk/Search/PlayerSearch/PlayerDetails.htm?Id=1-WB-31208&BSMGuid=ea247eea-9432-4fb9-b59d-de194aba7641. Retrieved 19 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Player Biography: Watson, Heather". International Tennis Federation. http://www.itftennis.com/womens/players/player.asp?player=100079698. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Harman, Neil (25 January 2009). "The Net Post: Late night starts blight credibility of tennis". The Times. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article5583898.ece?token=null&offset=0&page=1. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Watson's father criticises Open". BBC Sport. 29 January 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7857978.stm. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "WATSON, Heather (GBR)". International Tennis Federation. http://www.itftennis.com/womens/players/player.asp?player=100079698. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Ariel British Junior National Championships – 14U MD 14 & Under Girls Singles". Lawn Tennis Association. http://www2.lta.org.uk/Search/FindACompetition/EventResults.htm?Id=1-7AAS0&BSMGuid=9bbace5b-0e1b-46ee-bcd0-3b55880bfe73. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Ariel British Junior National Championships – 16U 16 & Under Girls Singles". Lawn Tennis Association. http://www2.lta.org.uk/Search/FindACompetition/EventResults.htm?Id=1-F695I&BSMGuid=caefa025-b01f-466f-9136-90592ac71ce3. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  12. ^ "Ariel British Junior National Championships – 18U 18 & Under Girls Singles". Lawn Tennis Association. http://www2.lta.org.uk/Search/FindACompetition/EventResults.htm?Id=1-F695P&PlayerId=1-WB-31208&BSMGuid=ed804e40-e429-45a6-8bbd-48bb6dc921ad. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "British Junior National Championships – 18U 18 & Under Girls Singles". Lawn Tennis Association. http://www2.lta.org.uk/Search/FindACompetition/EventResults.htm?Id=1-O1XQ6&PlayerId=1-WB-31208&BSMGuid=6219f226-7b55-4563-ab26-ee0c288d09d0. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "Tennis – Women's Singles – Gold Medal Match". 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games. http://results.cygpune2008.com/RIS_CYG/reports/pdf/Tennis/TEW001101/result.pdf. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  15. ^ Le Prevost, Gareth (20 July 2009). "Our golden girl". The Guernsey Press. http://www.thisisguernsey.com/2008/10/20/our-golden-girl/. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  16. ^ "Watson is top GB junior". The Guernsey Press. 8 July 2009. http://www.thisisguernsey.com/2009/07/28/watson-in-at-756/http://www.thisisguernsey.com/2009/07/08/watson-is-top-gb-junior/. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  17. ^ Batiste, Rob (28 July 2009). "Watson in at 756". The Guernsey Press. http://www.thisisguernsey.com/2009/07/28/watson-in-at-756/. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  18. ^ Le Prevost, Gareth (20 July 2009). "Watson secures first senior title". The Guernsey Press. http://www.thisisguernsey.com/2009/07/20/watson-secures-first-senior-title/. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  19. ^ "Robson & Watson reach semi-finals". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8252845.stm. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  20. ^ "Watson through to US girls' final". BBC Sport. 12 September 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8252845.stm. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  21. ^ "Watson wins US Open girls' title". BBC Sport. 13 September 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8253579.stm. Retrieved 13 September 2009. 
  22. ^ "Draws / Girls' Doubles". Fédération Française de Tennis. http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/draws/gd/index.html. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  23. ^ "Player Activity: Watson, Heather". International Tennis Federation. http://www.itftennis.com/womens/players/activity.asp?player=100079698. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  24. ^ "Heather Watson crashes out in first round in Michigan". BBC Sport. 11 February 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8510059.stm. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  25. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1213190/US-OPEN-2009-Brit-girl-Heather-Watson-gets-teenage-kicks-beats-Russias-Yana-Buchina-win-girls-singles-title.html/
  26. ^ http://www.onthebaseline.com/2010/01/02/one-to-watch-heather-watson/
  27. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/usopen/6188408/US-Open-2009-Heather-Watson-and-Laura-Robson-lead-new-era-of-Britistalent.html
  28. ^ http://www.imgacademies.com/nick-bollettieri-tennis-academy/heather-watson/

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