Thursday, December 29, 2011

Watson suffers training setback

Britain’s Heather Watson has had to postpone the start of her new season after spraining her ankle in training.

The British number three was set to play in the ASB Classic qualifying event in Auckland to begin her campaign on the WTA tour in 2012, but has now had to withdraw from tournament through the injury.

Watson started last season by reaching the quarter-finals of the very same event which included a win against ninth seed Carlo Suarez Navarro. She was eventually beaten in the last eight by China’s Shuai Peng after a superb run. Anyone looking at the latest tennis odds should remember this.

Watson expressed her disappointment at missing the tournament she did so well in last year through her Facebook page.

She said: "It's very frustrating but Auckland is one of my favourite tournaments of the year and I'm looking forward to playing it next year because I love the event."

Watson is now in a race against time to be fit for the Moorilla International which gets underway on January 6.

The 19-year old will also be concerned about her participation in the opening Grand Slam of 2012 in the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

The Guernsey born player is in the main draw of the Australian Open for the very first time in her career. Last year she was beaten in the second round of the qualifying tournament but her current world ranking of 92 secures her a spot automatically this time around.

Watson picked up the first Grand Slam win of her career back in June in French Open when she defeated France’s Stephanie Foretz Gacon to be become the first British woman since 1994 to reach the second round of the draw at Roland Garros.

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