British tennis is, at the moment, in a good place. Many talented players are coming through the ranks, and one name who has been around for a good time has been that of Heather Watson. However, the UK star has been having a bit of a tough time recently when it comes to actual tournament tennis. Indeed, not far from the Wimbledon Grand Slam starting, Watson was defeated in the First Round when she took on Maria Sakkari.
This was an inglorious exit from the Nature Valley Open, as the rain came down from the heavens. It left the 27-year-old out of a tournament that many might have expected her to go and push for. The move indoors to a harder surface could arguably have played a role, but in truth, the Greek was far more impressive than Watson in the match. Winning 6-4, 6-3 in the end, it leaves Watson without much of a good run of form heading into the Grand Slam grass court season.
However, hopes are still high that she can enjoy a good tournament. With so focus on compatriot Johanna Konta, Watson might just get the chance to shine without the spotlight. Ever since the success of Andy Murray in the men’s game, British tennis has been putting pressure on the female side of the sport to produce someone of similar calibre.
Perhaps without so much focus on her, Watson can produce her best come the grass court season.