Mixed emotions for Britains women
Heather Watson and Laura Robson suffered different fates in their respective tournaments this week.
Watson won her first WTA title, along with doubles partner Marina Erakovic from New Zealand, in Stanford, whilst Robson was knocked out in the Italiacom Open semifinals by Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
It was a disappointing result for Robson, who was looking to reach her first WTA singles final.
She won the first set convincingly, 6-2, but Strycova battled back to win the next two sets 7-5 6-2 and knock the British number three out.
Watson fared differently in the US tour, winning her final 7-5 7-6 (9-7), a win that also makes her the new British number one!
She’s moved up to 71 in the world, five places above Anne Keothavong, who’s tennis has been poor lately.
18-year-old Robson is ranked 91st whilst Elena Baltacha is 100.
It’s looking promising for British women’s tennis at the moment, especially as Robson and Watson are so young, if they continue to reach finals and semifinals, then it won’t be long until they’re consistently winning tour tournaments and rising in the rankings.
You never know, we might have a British woman winning Wimbledon in the next 10 years.
The pair will play together at the London 2012 Olympics though, after they were handed a doubles wildcard.
We shouldn’t expect too much from them, but then again, we’ve seen what wild card pairings can do in major tournaments.
Johnny Marray and Frederik Nielsen anybody?