BILLIE JEAN KING CUP TIES35
Last updated: 28/06/2023
BILLIE JEAN KING CUP TIES 35
Last updated: 28/06/2023
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Get to know Heather Watson
Heather Watson has been in and around the WTA top 50 for many years. A Billie Jean King 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 and Julie
Watson made the semi-finals in the Rothesay Open Nottingham singles for the first time in her career - narrowly losing out to Katie Boulter in the final four. She became the first qualifier to reach the semi-final.
She joined forces with Harriet Dart to finish runner-up in the doubles to Ulrikke Eikeri and Ingrid Neel 7-6(6), 5-7, 10-8.
Watson was selected to represent Great Britain in their Billie Jean King Cup qualifying tie against France at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
From there, the Brit marched into the W40+H Calvi event. After overcoming three back-to-back three set matches, Watson went on to face Lucrezia Stefanini in the final but was just pipped to the title in a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 defeat.
Watson enjoyed a lengthy run at the Thailand Open, where she made it to the quarter-final. Here, she faced Wang Xinyu in a three-set battle which saw the Brit bow out of the tournament in a 6-3, 7(6)-6, 6-4 loss.
Watson then went on to make it to her first final of the year at the W25 Glasgow event, where she faced Belgium's Marie Benoit. Unfortunately, Watson just missed out on the title in a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 defeat.
Watson began her year by reaching the quarter-final of the W60 Canberra event. Here, she faced fellow Brit Katie Boulter and lost out 6-1, 6-3.
Watson lost out in the first round of the Australian Open qualifiers against Aliona Bolsova 7(4)-6, 6-3. She also competed in the main draw of the doubles draw alongside American Danielle Collins but bowed out in the first round.
Selected to represent Great Britain at the Billie Jean King Cup on home soil, Watson played a key part in the home nation’s 3-0 victory over Spain after outfoxing Nuria Parrizas-Diaz 6-0, 6-2 to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time since 1981. Hoping to carry the momentum over to her semi-final tie against Australia's Storm Sanders, Watson left it all on the court but unfortuntately lost out 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Watson reached the quarter-finals of the Jasmin Open doubles with Harriet Dart and was recently selected to represent Great Britain at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Glasgow.
Watson finished runner-up in her first ITF final of the season after losing out to compatriot Lily Miyazaki in three sets at the W60 Glasgow event.
Watson reached the final round of qualifiers at the US Open but lost out to Sara Bejlek 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Watson reached a career-best at Wimbledon after reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time. The 30-year-old knocked out the likes of Tamara Korpatsch, Wang Qiang and Kaja Juvan - who ousted this year’s Nottingham and Birmingham champion Beatriz Haddad Maia. Watson also reached the third round of the doubles alongside fellow Brit, Harriet Dart.
Watson breezed past Katie Volynets at the Rothesay Open Nottingham, but battling with an injury, lost 7-5, 6-2 to Viktorija Golubic.
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.
For the second time in the same month Watson faced Zidansek, this time at Melbourne Park, in the second round of the Australian Open where she lost out in straight sets 7-6(4), 6-4.
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 Championships with doubles partner Henri Kontinen in 2016.
- Matching Sue Barker's record for most wins for Great Britain in the Billie Jean King Cup (31), to enter the top 5.
- 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's won nine titles, including the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 2016 which made her the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title in 15 years. She paired with Finland's Henri Kontinen to defeat Robert Farah (COL) and Anna-Lena Groenfeld (GER) in the final 7-6 6-4.
Who is Heather Watson's coach?
Alex Ward is coach of Heather Watson.
When did Heather Watson start playing tennis?
Heather was seven when she began playing tennis. Aged 12 she then moved to the famous Nick Bolletieri Tennis Academy – now the IMG Academy – in Florida.
Has Heather Watson played for Great Britain in the Billie Jean King Cup?
Heather's represented Great Britain in 33 Billie Jean King Cup ties. She made her debut in 2011 against Switzerland, where she defeated Timea Bacsinszky in the first match of the tie 6-1 6-3.
When did Heather Watson win her first title?
Heather's first WTA singles title came at Osaka in 2012, beating Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) in the final 7-5 5-7 7-6. She won her first ITF singles title at Frinton in 2009 against fellow-Brit Anna Fitzpatrick 4-6 6-4 6-2.
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