Profile: Heather Watson
- Published: 04/07/2016
- Updated: 18/12/2016
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Date of Birth: 19/05/1992
Birthplace: Saint Peter Port, Guernsey
Residence: Great Britain
Height: 1.68 m / 5′ 6″
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Career: 2010 – Present
Prize Money: $2,176,819
Heather Watson was born 19 May 1992 in Guernsey. Her mother is from Papua New Guinea and her father is British, she has one brother and two sisters. Heather started playing tennis at the age of 7, and aged 12 she went to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, United States.
In 2006, Watson won the British Under-14 Championship. The following year she won the British Under-16 Championship, and reached the semi-finals of the British Under-18 Championship. In October 2008, Watson travelled to Pune in India to compete at the Commonwealth Youth Games. There she won the gold medal, winning the final against Kyra Shroff.
At the beginning of July 2009, she became the highest-ranked British junior, overtaking Laura Robson and was ranked at No. 756. At the 2009 US Open, Watson was seeded 11th for the girl’s singles and went on to faced doubles partner Yana Buchina, in the final, where she won in straight sets.
At 2009 French Open Watson and her partner were the third seeds and reached the girl’s doubles final where she and Tímea Babos faced the second seeded pair of Noppawan Lertcheewakarn and Elena Bogdan and were beaten in a match tie-break.
Watson is right-handed and plays with a two-handed backhand. Her game is often likened to that of Martina Hingis and she is noted for on-court intelligence, court sense and timing. Many, including Watson herself, have also identified her game as similar to ATP player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga due to her “big serve” and athleticism.
Career titles: 3 WTA, 5 ITF
Current ranking: 75
Career titles: 3 WTA, 1 ITF
Current ranking: 85
Gold medal at 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games
2016 Wimbledon Championships – Mixed Doubles Title with Henri Kontinen
Watson competed in Rio 2016 for Great Britain in Tennis Women’s Singles, Tennis Women’s Doubles, and Tennis Mixed Doubles.