Every year Wimbledon provides the stage from where some of the finest tennis matches are played. Yesterday evening we found ourselves on the edge of our sofas watching 23-year-old Guernsey Girl. Heather Watson, putting Number One Seed and seemingly unstoppable, Serena Williams, through her paces.
Yes, a Guernsey Girl, not Scottish, a Brit, in the Ladies draw, taking on the World’s best. We haven’t been treated to such gutsy performance by a British woman since 23-year-old Sue Barker beat the then World Number One, Chris Evert in Boston in 1979. Yes, that is 36 years ago and two years prior to that Virginia Wade won Wimbledon. Ann Jones also earned the title of Wimbledon Champion when she beat Billie Jean King in 1969. So it has been a long wait.
Greg Rusedski, who has been part of Heather’s coaching team on an ad hoc basis, wrote an article which was published in the Daily Telegraph on 1st July 2015. In the article he indicated that Heather would push Serena Williams all the way. How right he was.
Despite the fact that Heather lost in three sets, she did have her chances, but Serena, given her wealth of experience managed to dig herself out of a hole to salvage the match. In her immediate post match interview Serena said that Heather “should have won”.
It was a really courageous and gutsy performance by the British Number One, during which time Heather showed us what she is truly made of. Not only is she capable of taking on the big guys, but she has the ability to beat them and that time is coming soon.