US Open: Heather Watson excited by Li Na challenge

Heather Watson
Heather Watson

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27 August - 9 September
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Heather Watson insists she can only benefit from the experience of facing Li Na in the US Open first round.

Watson, 20, faces the 2011 French Open champion, who is ranked eighth in the world, at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

But the Guernsey-born world number 71 sees no reason to be intimidated against the Chinese player.

"To play against a top-10 player, a Grand slam winner, gives me a huge opportunity to play her, show her what I'm capable of," Watson told BBC Sport.

"It's a chance to play these top girls more often and I've never played Li Na but I'm looking forward to it."

British number one Watson, who reached the third round of Wimbledon in June and won the Texas Open doubles with Marina Erakovic on Saturday, is targeting a place in the top 50 by the end of the year.

She added: "Come December, my goal is to make the top 50 in singles and doubles. It's not going to be easy because the jumps get harder the higher you get.

"You need a lot more points but as long as a I keep doing the right things, staying fit and staying healthy, all of that will come."

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