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Mark, I don't think she's got much of a chance at number one either, but you have to admit that she believes in herself and her abilities, and that is an essential trait in anyone who aspires to be the best in their sport.It's early days yet -- a lot will depend on how she does next year. If she's in the top 25 by the end of 2013 then top 10 is certainly possible.
As much as I admire your optimism Heather, you don't have enough ability to ever become world Number 1. As much as you will improve I personally don't think you'll even make top 10. Andy Murray has more chance of that feat than you (ranked in top 10 by age 20 and been there ever since) I would say Laura Robson has more chance of being top 10 than yourself.
Wow! British tennis players are playing lights. Momentum is a cool ride when its on your side. Haven't really heard of Watson, but good for her. Hope the momentum last through Wimbledon 2013 (at least for Murray) Thank goodness for the BBC. Tennis basically falls off the map in the states. Crazy blogger says it best Tennis and the Analogy of Life www.kpthepublicblogger.blogspot.com/
@276I've no problem with the "cosmopolitan" nature of society (I like it), but there must be a reason why the U.K, with its great sporting history, has a problem producing 'home-grown' tennis players.Perhaps it's because the parents don't push their kids as hard as those from other countries?
@269 - good point. which occurred to me after I'd posted. Perhaps we could try importing some "Sarfies" like the England cricket team. Unfortunately they don't seem to have too many good tennis players at present. Funnily enough, the last female Brit to win a grand slam, Virginia Wade, learned to play in South Africa. Plus ça change.
Dr. Ads - your "finding" might be deemed "odd" by a huge number of people in the cosmopolitan society in which you live.I find it refreshing and exciting that sport can bring people together from all over and that the barriers of race, culture, and ethnicity and geographical origin can be overcome and are being overcome today
I find it odd that only 1 of the top-5 British female tennis players was born in the U.K, why is this?Heather Watson - Guernsey (mother from Papua New Guinea, English father)Anne Keothavong – England (Laotian parents)Elena Baltacha – Ukraine (Ukrainian parents)Johanna Konta – Australia (Hungarian parents)Laura Robson – Australia (Australian parents)
Rows of empty seats typifies womens tennis today. I recall a time back in the 80s and 90s when womens tennis almost guarantee a sellout, however these days and came at time when women recieved equal pay in grand slams as men the standard and appeal of womens tennis has rapidly deterierated. Don't think it is right the mens should keep on subsidising the womens game at grand slams.
Very well done young lady, A real class act. keep it up
Both have age on their side. There is only 1 younger than Watson above her, and none younger than Robson in whole top 100.
Good performance, and she's very nearly English,
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