There is no denying that Heather Watson is the current darling of British tennis but that hasn’t stopped the 20-year old already planning for next season in order to fulfil her quest to continue to become a grand slam winner.
Watson brought her season to a close with her maiden WTA Tour title at the Japan Open last month, jumping from 71 to 50th in the rankings following her victory over Chang Kai-chen in the final. Now a certified member of the top-50, Watson will have the added pressure of expectation on her shoulders next year, with Betfair tennis betting markets predicting great things.
On the evidence of this season, though, that won’t really bother a 20-year old who always looks to be having the time of her life when on the court.
Becoming the first British woman to win a WTA Tour singles event in 24-years, the former US Open junior champion will now head into 2013 knowing she has the tools needed to win tournaments and keep pushing up the rankings.
"The top 50 was a goal - it will push me to make harder goals," Watson said.
“I’ve improved mentally. I’ve always been strong at not giving up on the court, but I’ve got better at knowing when to take my chances, when to step back a bit, how to play the game. Now I’m going on court thinking I’m going to beat that person no matter who it is.”
Robson will now have an added motivation to go on and win her maiden tour title, but there is little doubt her Olympic medal will have given Watson that added desire when her chance at a title came.
Both players’ senior careers are still in their infancy, but Tennis betting online markets are buzzing about just how far they can go.
If they can continue inspiring each other to keep improving, then it bodes well for the future of the women’s game in Britain.